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Divers enter AirAsia plane's fuselage, recover more bodies

Military personnel load a body-bag containing what they believe to be a victim of AirAsia QZ 8501 onto a helicopter on the deck of Indonesian Navy ship KRI Banda Aceh sailing in the Java Sea, Indonesia, on Thursday.  

Officials say Indonesian divers have been able for the first time to enter the fuselage of the AirAsia jetliner that crashed last month in the Java Sea and have retrieved six bodies.

The operations chief of the National Search and Rescue Agency, Suryadi Bambang Supriyadi, said on Friday that divers saw more bodies inside the fuselage, but debris such as cables hampered their recovery.

A total of 65 bodies have now been recovered from AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed Dec. 28 with 162 people on board while flying from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. Many of the remaining bodies are believed to be inside the fuselage.

Bad weather is a suspected factor in the crash.


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