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AirAsia crash: two more bodies found

Amid reports of sighting of more debris by a Russian search team, divers on Tuesday recovered two more bodies from choppy waters in the Java Sea, though there was still no trace of the crucial black box of the AirAsia aircraft that crashed nine days ago.

Command operational director Suryadi Supriyadi told reporters at Pangkalan Bun city that Japan’s JS Onami and Malaysia’s KD Kasturi ships recovered a body each from the search site, bringing the total bodies recovered to 39 from the AirAsia plane which crashed on December 28 morning with 162 people on board.

Divers had taken advantage of a respite in bad weather at the search site to conduct searches.

Meanwhile, media reports said a Russian team involved in the search operation has detected objects that could be AirAsia debris. The objects were described as big, red, orange and white in colour.

They also found a “black square” object, according to a report by the Jakarta Post. Search and rescue operation is focusing on retrieving bodies and finding the Airbus A320’s black box, officials said.

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