AirAsia Flight QZ8501: Blackbox search a priority as weather conditions improve

JAKARTA - Indonesia's search and rescue agency (Basarnas) commenced operations for the remains of flight QZ8501 in an extended priority zone, its chief Air Chief Marshal F.H. Bambang Soelistyo told reporters on Tuesday.

"Weather is friendly today. We have deployed divers and five ships in the priority to locate the aircraft black box," he said at a press conference.

"Target is to find fuselage and retrieve bodies trapped in the zone," he added.

Basarnas is helming the search operations of the ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ9501 which went missing on Dec 28 while on its way from Surabaya to Singapore.

So far, personnel have retrieved bodies and debris from the waters of Indonesia. The Airbus flight had 162 people on board when it was reported missing and later announced crashed.

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