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Searchers find more bodies from AirAsia plane crash

Thursday, January 01, 2015 - 00:33

Search teams bring in more bodies from the AirAsia crash to a military base in Indonesia. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT, NO REPORTER NARRATION Search and rescue crews brought more bodies to an Indonesian military base on Friday (January 2) as the operation resumed to locate plane wreckage and recover the dead passengers and crew. At least nine bodies have been recovered so far from the Airbus A320-200, which crashed on Sunday (December 28) en route to Singapore from the Indonesian city of Surabaya with 162 people on board. The bodies were brought in numbered coffins to Surabaya where relatives have gathered for identification. Authorities handed of the first identified victim to family late on Thursday (January 1). Searches on Thursday spanned an area of 13,500 square km (5,200 square miles) involving 19 ships, four helicopters and five planes, search and rescue officials said. A search and rescue pilot has spotted a large shadow in the sea, which rescuers believe may be the wreckage, but they have made clear the sighting is not yet confirmed. Forty-seven divers are on standby to investigate. Officials have said it could take a week to find the black box and the focus of the search, once the waters had calmed as expected in several days, was around the shadow.

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Searchers find more bodies from AirAsia plane crash

Thursday, January 01, 2015 - 00:33