- Divers have begun finding personal effects
- Glasses, footwear, backpacks with packers of cigarettes have been found in the murky water
- A part measuring 18 metres by 5.4 metres is believed to be aircraft’s body
- Searchers came across ‘four big objects’ in the Java Sea near Borneo
- On their second trip, they came across a fifth piece of the wreckage
- This comes after a 14-page report filed by Indonesian meteorologists revealed icing may have been a cause of the crash
- Four bodies were recovered on Sunday, with a total of 34, 128 still missing
- Plane crashed last Sunday, halfway into a two-hour flight from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, to Singapore
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A heartfelt plea on Monday by the daughter of the pilot of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight, for the public to stop blaming her dad over the tragic crash.
The Straits Times has reported Captain Iriyanto’s daughter, Angela Anggi Ranastianis, made a televised statement, saying: ‘As a daughter, I cannot accept it. No pilot will harm his passengers.’
Her appearance comes as divers have begun retrieving personal effects from the sea-bed wreck of AirAsia Flight 8501, bringing to the surface glasses and runners belonging to passengers.
They have recovered a number of backpacks, one which appears to contain several packets of cigarettes and another raft survival bag .. the finds coming after a fifth large object was located on the ocean floor by search crews.
Sonar equipment detected five large objects, some of which have been brought to the surface and are clearly marked ‘AirAsia’.
However, the search has remained a struggle due to ‘zero visibility’, strong tides and murky water at the bottom of the ocean.
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Glasses and keys are among the personal items recovered from the fatal AirAsia flight
Navy personnel show items recovered during search operations for AirAsia flight QZ8501 on-board the Indonesian Navy vessel KRI Bung Tomo in the Java sea, including these running shoes
A backpack containing cigarettes and other personal effects is brought on board the KRI Bung Tomo
Indonesian navy officials discuss recovery of what appears to be seating from AirAsia Flight 8501
Among the items recovered by crews on Monday were the survival kits from the ill-fated AirAsia flight
Indonesian Navy captain of KRI Bung Tomo colonel Yayan Sofiyan holding wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 in the Java Sea
More wreckage is placed on board the Indonesian navy vessel as the recovery mission continues in the Java Sea
With the weather improving, divers are continuing the search for more items from the fuselage of the flight, which crashed more than a week ago.
Suryadi B. Supriyadi, Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue director of operations, said: ‘If it cannot be done by divers, we will use sophisticated equipment with capabilities of tracking underwater objects and then will lift them up.’
Search and rescue personnel carry debris of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 from a Singapore Navy helicopter
Search and rescue personnel carry a body bag containing a victim of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 at Iskandar Air Base in Indonesia on Sunday
Sailors from the US Navy’s USS Fort Worth searching in the Java Sea for AirAsia Flight QZ8501
Bags containing dead bodies of the passengers of AirAsia Flight 8501 are lifted from a smal boat to Indonesian navy vessel KRI Banda Aceh
A search diver overseas the transfer of recovered victims of the AirAsia plane crash
The search efforts have been seriously impaired by poor conditions, facing tropical storms which are causing strong tides and stirring up mud on the ocean floor to cause extremely poor visbility
These images show parts of the recovered wreckage, including an aircraft window panel. They were recovered by the Republic of Singapore Navy
Divers from the National Search And Rescue Agency inspect their gear on KN SAR Purworejo ship
The group of divers are part of the ongoing search and rescue operation in a bid to find the wreckage
Bad weather forced divers trying to identify sunken wreckage from the crashed AirAsia passenger jet to abort their mission on Sunday
An Indonesian diver from the rescue agency BASARNAS tries on his mask as he prepares himself for rescue
High waves and strong winds in the past few days had prevented divers equipped with cameras and sonar devices from scouring the sea floor to find more debris and bodies
A rescue boat is unloaded from the agency’s ship during a continued search effort
Fully-equipped divers and other agency members board the rescue boat and make their way out to sea
The rescue team in the rubber dinghy can be seen beside the Indonesian Navy ship as they sail in rough seas
The remains of four passengers were found on Sunday, the eighth day of the search, bringing the total number of recovered bodies to 34.
There were 162 people on board and no survivors have been found. Three of the victims are from the US and the fourth is from Singapore.
Four ‘big objects’ were first located at the bottom of the Java Sea near Borneo.
Soon after a fifth piece of the wreckage was also found at a different location on the seabed, measuring 9.8 metres long, 1.1 metres wide and 0.4 metre high.
Basarnas chief Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo confirmed that, due to extremely poor visibility and currents of three to five knots, search efforts had been marred and divers temporarily stopped.
They hoped to deploy a remotely-operated underwater vehicle.
The biggest piece, measuring 18 metres long and 5.4 metres wide, appeared to be part of the jet’s body, Henry Bambang Soelistyo, chief of the National Search and Rescue Agency said.
Military airbase crew walk under the heavy rain at Iskandar airbase, Pangkalan bun, as bad weather slows down the search for victims and debries of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash on January 4
Indonesian Air Force crew members taking part in the search take shelter from an intense wait out storm under the tail of a cargo plane at the airbase in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan
News of the fuselage comes as Indonesian weather experts speculate icing of the engine could have been one of the possible scenarios that caused the crash
Indonesian weather experts have speculated that icing of the engine could have been one of the possible scenarios that caused the crash
The discovery of the four large objects was made off the coast of the Indonesian island of Borneo
It comes as Indonesian weather experts speculate icing of the engine could have been one of the possible scenarios that caused the plane to crash last Sunday, halfway into a two-hour flight from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, to Singapore.
Though strong currents and big surf have prevented divers from entering waters to get a visual of the suspected fuselage, officials are hopeful they will find many of the passengers and crew inside, still strapped in their seats.
There were 162 people aboard the plane, but after a week of searching, only 30 bodies have been found floating in the choppy waters.
Indonesian Navy personnel carry a bag containing the dead body of a passenger of AirAsia Flight 8501 at sea off the coast of Pangkalan Bun
Bodies of victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501 are kept inside body bags at the Indonesian navy vessel KRI Banda Aceh
Search teams hunting for the wreckage of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 have had a breakthrough after discovering two big parts of the aircraft
Rescue workers searching for victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 pulled 21 bodies from the Java Sea yesterday, the largest number so far, including five that were still strapped into their seats
Devastated family members came together today at a tiny chapel in Surabaya – the city the flight departed from – where about 40 victims had been members.
The Rev. Philip Mantofa, who heads the congregation at Mawar Sharon Church urged those gathered to find comfort in their faith.
‘If God has called your child, allow me to say this: Your child is not to be pitied,’ Mantofa said. ‘Your child is already in God’s arms. One day, your family will be reunited in heaven.’
Minutes before losing contact an hour into the flight on December 28, the pilot told air traffic control he was approaching threatening clouds, but was denied permission to climb to a higher altitude because of heavy air traffic.
It remains unclear what caused the plane to plunge into the Java Sea near the island of Borneo, though bad weather appears to have been a factor, according to a 14-page report released by Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.
‘Flight 8501 appears to have been trapped in bad weather that would have been difficult to avoid,’ the report said.
It also said: ‘The most probable weather phenomenon was icing that can cause engine damage,’ The Australian reported.
The family members of Wismoyo Ari Prambudi, a flight attendant on board the doomed AirAsia flight gather around his coffin in Klaten, Indonesia
As many of 34 bodies of the disaster have so been recovered and the identification process is taking place so they can be returned to their families
The mother of flight attendant Wismoyo Ari Prambudi speaks to an AirAsia pilot as her son’s coffin arrives at a funeral home
Indonesian Search and Rescue personnels wear mask as they prepare to receive victims of AirAsia crash
Rescue workers carry a basket containing passenger’s luggage to be taken to Bhayangkara Police Hospital for identification procedure
Indonesian soldiers place a coffin containing victims in an ambulance to be taken for identification
The coffin carrying a victim, although not identified, has a floral tribute on top as a matter of respect
Members of Mawar Sharon church attend during a prayer service in Surabaya, Indonesia on Sunday
Around 40 of the victims on the plane were members of the church – about a quarter of its congregation
Family members hold their hands up in prayer as they remember those who lost their lives in the plane crash
The Rev. Philip Mantofa, who heads the congregation at Mawar Sharon Church urged those gathered to find comfort in their faith
Today’s finds bring the total number of bodies recovered to 30. There were 162 passengers and crew on board the Airbus A320-200 when it fell from the skies on Sunday
After being recovered from the ocean the bodies are placed in numbered makeshift caskets at a hospital in Pangkalan Bun, Borneo, before being flown back to Indonesia
A Russian search and rescue team carry their equipment after arriving in a Russian BE-200 amphibious aircraft in Pangkalan Bun
Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency personnel prepare diving equipment to search victims of AirAsia QZ8501
Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency personnel prepare robot diver to search for victims of AirAsia QZ8501
A catastrophic incident caused by icing alone in a modern aircraft that is the size of the missing AirAsia flight has not occurred in the past 30 years.
Icing happens when moisture from the atmosphere during severe weather converts into ice and could possibly then be sucked into an engine.
If that ice turns back into liquid and goes on to freeze a second time, it can end up snapping off large pieces of an aircraft’s turbine blades or getting into the plane’s ignition.
While the plane’s black boxes – the flight data and cockpit voice recorders – have yet to be located, the discovery of the wreckage, especially if it is largely intact, would greatly benefit the investigation.
Given Flight QZ8501 crashed in shallow seas, international experts – armed with sophisticated acoustic detection devices – say finding the boxes should not be difficult if its locator beacons, with a range of 2,000 to 3,000 metres and a battery life of about 30 days, are working.
The objects on the seafloor were discovered Friday and Saturday, and an Indonesian Geological Survey vessel was used to assess their dimensions, Mr Soelistyo said.
In addition to what appeared to be a significant part of the plane’s body, chunks of debris found in the target search area measured up to 12 metres long.
Other suspected plane parts were seen scattered on beaches during an aerial survey, Mr Soelistyo said.
AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes (R) attending a funeral ceremony for Khairunisa, a flight attendant onboardthe fatal flight
Medical teams have collected information from relatives on the victims, including their appearance, birthmarks and any surgical scars, in an attempt to help identify the bodies
Bodies in makeshift caskets are loaded into a military transport plane in Borneo before being transported to a police hospital in Surabaya, Indonesia, where families have gathered
Tributes to Hendra Gunawan Sawal, who was on board the flight, as family members held a prayer ceremony
Relatives of 22-year-old Kevin Alexander Soetjipto (22 year-old), at a cremation ceremony in Lawang today
Relatives and friends of Kevin Alexander Soetjipto pay tribute by his coffin, covered in hundreds of petals
A priest reads a passage during a cremation ceremony for Kevin Alexander Soetjipto in Lawang earlier today
Indonesian authorities announced the grounding of AirAsia flights from Surabaya to Singapore, with the Transport Ministry saying the airline did not have a permit to fly on Sundays.
But Singapore’s Civil Aviation Authority said Saturday that from its end, the airline had been approved to fly the route daily.
AirAsia, which began operations in 2001 and quickly became one of the region’s most popular low-cost carriers, said it was reviewing the suspension. The crash was the airline’s first.
Strong currents and towering waves as high as 4 metres have slowed recovery efforts, scattering bodies and debris in all directions. The discoveries so far include an emergency exit door and slide, as well as a backpack with food and a camera inside.
As part of the investigation into the crash, autopsies will be carried out on some of the bodies, including the pilot and co-pilot, whose remains have not yet been recovered, East Java’s Disaster Victim Identification unit’s Budiyono, who like many Indonesians uses only one name, said.
A medical worker moves among the corpses at a makeshift morgue inside the police hospital in Surabaya, where the victims are taken for their relatives to identify
Around a third of the bodies found today were located by an American ship, the USS Sampson. Here American Navy personnel help unload corpses from a helicopter
Dive teams have been left frustrated after bad weather severely hampered search efforts, but today’s operation has tripled the number of corpses recovered
Another body is unloaded from a US Navy Seahawk helicopter during the search and rescue mission today
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry items for investigation, found during the search
Part of the plane found among the wreckage of the AirAsia flight in recovery mission in waters off Borneo
Indonesian air force members prepare their rescue equipment before departing for a search and rescue operation over Pumai Bay, Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia
Crew members of Indonesian Air Force NAS 332 Super Puma helicopter look out of windows during search
Generally, aviation experts say the more passengers, luggage and parts of the aircraft that remain intact, the more likely the plane hit the water in one piece.
That would signal problems like a mechanical error or a stall instead of a midair breakup due to an explosion or sudden depressurization.
For family members, the wait has been agonising, with local media covering every development and theory, many of which have proved to be untrue – including a false report that a body was found wearing a life jacket, which would have indicated passengers had time to prepare for the impact or miraculously were able to put them on after hitting the water.
With more corpses arriving in Surabaya, some relatives said they were simply worn out. But they were encouraged by reports that parts of the plane had been detected and hoped that everyone on board would be retrieved.
‘Let’s hope the news is true,’ Ongko Gunawan, whose sister was on the flight with her husband and their child, said.
‘We need to move on.’
On Friday, recovery teams pulled 21 bodies from the Java Sea.
Three bodies have been identified today, including that of Grayson Herbert Linaksita, an 11-year-old boy who has been reunited with his relatives
The family of Grayson Linaksita break down in tears as the body of the 11-year-old boy is handed to them
The body of an air stewardess, Khairunisa Binti Haidar Fauzi, was also among the three identified today
There were more emotional scenes at the police hospital in Surabaya, Indonesia, today as bodies of those who died were identified and handed over for burial
Kevin Alexander Soetjipto was the third passenger to be identified from dental records today, after the first passenger Hayati Lutfiah Hamid was identified yesterday
Vessels involved in the search for debris included at least eight sophisticated navy ships from Singapore, Russia, Malaysia and the U.S. equipped with sonars for scouring the seabed to pinpoint the all-important black boxes and the wreckage.
A second U.S. Navy ship arrived on Saturday to help in the search.
The hope, officials say, is that the body of the plane will still be largely intact, speeding the investigation.
‘Many of the passengers believed to be still trapped inside the plane’s fuselage and could be discovered soon,’ Supriyadi said.
‘God willing, we will complete this operation next week.’
The news four objects have been found in the ocean come after emotional scenes of three more victims who were identified being handed over to their families for burial at Surabaya hospital.
They included 11-year-old boy Grayson Herbert Linaksita and 22-year-old Khairunisa Binti Haidar Fauzi, an air hostess with AirAsia.
Of the bodies pulled from the ocean, about a third were found by American vessel USS Sampson, while five were strapped into their seats according to Colonel Yayan Sofiyan, commander of warship Bung Tomo.
Relatives of Hendra Gunawan Syawal, victim of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash pray near his coffin at Adi Yasa funeral home in Surabaya, Indonesia
Workers carry the coffin of Meiji Thejakusuma, into Adi Yasa funeral home
The mother of Hendra Gunawan Syawal prays near her son’s coffin at Adi Yasa funeral home
He added: ‘From the operational side, the human factor, the technical side, the ATC (air traffic control) – everything is valuable to us.’
Drizzle and light clouds covered the area this morning, and rain, strong winds and high waves up to 13ft were forecast until Sunday. Strong sea currents have also kept debris moving.
The plane went down last Sunday about 40 minutes into a flight from Surabaya to Singapore.
Minutes before disappearing from radar, the pilot told air traffic control he was approaching a storm, but was denied permission to climb above it because of heavy air traffic.
While the actual cause is unknown, one expert has theorised that the pilot managed to land the plane successfully on the ocean, before it was overwhelmed by waves and sank.
Indonesian Air Force personnel carry suspected debris after it was delivered by helicopter from a recovery mission for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 at the airport in Pangkalan Bun yesterday
Indonesian Airforce personnel recovered more debris from the plane on January 2
Relatives of AirAsia passengers arrive at East Java Police headquarters to help identify the victims
Relatives of Juanita Limantara, one of the victims of the crashed AirAsia airplane, during a ceremony for the families in Surabaya, Indonesia
Dudi Sudibyo, senior editor of aviation magazine Angkasa, said that emergency locator transmitters fitted to the plane were primed to go off in the event of a strong impact, but never triggered.
He says that if the captain, who was an experience pilot, managed to land safely before the craft sank, this could explain why no signal was transmitted.
However, other experts, examining radar data leaked from the investigation, disagreed.
Instead they said the plane was batted from the skies by immensely powerful winds that caused it to rise up at the same rate as a fighter jet, before dropping almost vertically into the ocean.
Their conclusion is that the Airbus 320-200 was in the grip of weather so freakishly extreme that there was nothing the pilots could have done to save the jet and all 162 people on board.
The plane behaved in ways ‘bordering on the edge of logic,’ Indonesian aviation analyst Gerry Soejatman said after examining figures leaked from the official air crash investigation team.
But Mr Soejatman said the jet climbed at a speed that would have been impossible for the pilot to have achieved – and then plunged straight down ‘like a piece of metal being thrown down.’
‘It’s really hard to comprehend…the way it goes down is bordering on the edge of logic.’
Australian aviation expert, Peter Marosszeky, from the University of NSW, told the Sydney Morning Herald that, in contrast, he was baffled by the extremely low speed of the descent – as low as 61 knots – which would suggest the plane was heading almost straight down, explaining why it has been found in water just 10km from its last point of radar contact.
Lt. Col. Johnson Simanjuntak of Indonesian Commander Air Field Iskandar Pangkalan Bun shows off parts of a plane found floating on the water near the site where AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared
Indonesian Air Force personnel carry suspected debris after it was delivered by helicopter from a recovery mission
Experts examining flight data leaked from the AirAsia crash investigation said the plane behaved in ways ‘bordering on the edge of logic’ after rising thousands of feet into the air before falling almost vertically
Both experts are in agreement that the jet went down almost vertically – and also concluded that a freak weather pattern that placed the aircraft under extraordinary forces was to blame for its plight.
Mr Soejatman meanwhile remains convinced that the reason for the crash is possibly because the aircraft was caught in a severe updraft, followed by an equally severe ground draft.
He said that leaked figures showed the plane climbed at a virtually unprecedented rate of 6000ft to 9000ft per minute and ‘you can’t do that at altitude in an Airbus 320 with pilot action.’
The most that could normally be expected, he said, would be 1000ft to 1500ft on a sustained basis, gaining 3000ft in a burst.
But then the aircraft fell at an even more incredible rate of 11,000ft a minute, with extraordinary bursts of up to 24,000ft a minute – figures higher than the Air France A330 Airbus that crashed into the Atlantic in 2009, killing 228 passengers after attaining baffling ascent and descent rates.
Mr Marosszeky agreed that a climb rate of at least 6000ft a minute would indicate a ‘severe weather event,’ because that rate of climb was a ‘domain for jet fighters.’
In a fascinating, yet worrying, comment earlier in the week, AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes suggested that climate change was making weather worse and flying riskier, particularly in the tropics.
Meanwhile Mr Fernandes promised that he would fly with the family of flight QZ8501 and the body of stewardess Ms Khairunnisa to her home town in Palembang, Indonesia, once her body has been positively identified.
The stewardess was still in her red AirAsia uniform when she was recovered.
In a tweet, Mr Fernandes said that ‘if our beautiful and wonderful crew (member) is identified, we will go from Surabaya to Palembang with her parents. Heartbreaking soul (destroyed).’