Missing Air Asia Plane 30 bodies found, 5 still attached to seats – Officials

21 of the corpses were found on Friday, January 2, after bad weather hampered search efforts.

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Officials of the National Search And Rescue Agency carrying coffins containing bodies of the victims of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash in Indonesia. play

Officials of the National Search And Rescue Agency carrying coffins containing bodies of the victims of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash in Indonesia.

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Rescuers in Indonesia have now recovered 30 bodies of passengers who were on board the ill-fated Air Asia flight QZ8501 and five of them were still strapped in their seats, officials say.

21 of the corpses were found on Friday, January 2, after bad weather hampered search efforts.

The head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, Henry Bambang Soelistyo confirmed that a total of 30 bodies had been found and many more are expected to be recovered from the plane’s main fuselage which is still missing.

“Many of passengers believed to be still trapped inside the plane's fuselage and could be discovered soon. God willing, we would complete this operation next week,” National Search and Rescue Agency Director of Operations Suryadi B. Supriyadi said.

The crashed plane was carrying 162 passengers and crew to Singapore when it disappeared from radar shortly after take-off from Surabaya, Indonesia.

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