AirAsia flight QZ8501: Another 12 bodies sent to Surabaya hospital for identification

Medical staff standing by at the military air base in Surabaya from Pangkalan Bun on Jan 3, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 
Medical staff standing by at the military air base in Surabaya from Pangkalan Bun on Jan 3, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 
A C130 carrying 12 bodies arrives at the military air base in Surabaya from Pangkalan Bun on Jan 3, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 
A C130 carrying 12 bodies arrives at the military air base in Surabaya from Pangkalan Bun on Jan 3, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 
A body being carried from the C130 to the ambulance at the military air base in Surabaya from Pangkalan Bun on Jan 3, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 
A body being carried from the C130 to the ambulance at the military air base in Surabaya from Pangkalan Bun on Jan 3, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 
Media surrounding the arrival of a body at the military air base in Surabaya from Pangkalan Bun on Jan 3, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 
Media surrounding the arrival of a body at the military air base in Surabaya from Pangkalan Bun on Jan 3, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 
12 more bodies arrive at the military air base in Surabaya from Pangkalan Bun on Jan 3, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 
12 more bodies arrive at the military air base in Surabaya from Pangkalan Bun on Jan 3, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 

SURABAYA - Another 12 bodies of victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501 arrived in Surabaya from Pangkalan Bun on Saturday.

This brings the total number of bodies found to 30, said Indonesian officials. The bodies had been sent to a hospital in Surabaya for identification.

There are 162 people on board the plane that went missing while flying from Surabaya to Singapore last Sunday morning.

Autopsy will be performed on some of the bodies to support an investigation into the crash, Xinhua news agency quoted head of the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) center Budiono as saying.

"Some of them will be autopsied to find out the cause of the accident," he said at the Police Hospital Bhayangkara in Surabaya, the provincial capital of East Java.

"We will conduct autopsy at least on bodies of the pilot, co-pilot,'' he was quoted as saying.

Reports said some of the bodies found were still belted into their seats.

Some relatives of the missing AirAsia passengers had gathered at the hospital, waiting for news of possible identification, New York Times reported.

"Many are still hoping," said Agus Johan, a grief counsellor with the Buddhist Tzu Chi foundation who was on standby to comfort relatives.

After Friday prayer, more than 200 Muslims held a prayer session for the victims at a mosque next to the hospital.