Singapore navy ship found fuselage of crashed AirAsia plane
Singapore, Nirapad News : A Singapore navy ship has found the fuselage of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the sea late last month with 162 people on board, the city-state`s defence chief said on Wednesday.
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in a Facebook post he had been informed that one of Singapore`s navy ships involved in the search, MV Swift Rescue, “has located the fuselage of the AirAsia plane in the Java Sea”.
He said that images taken by a remotely operated vehicle “show part of the wing and words on the fuselage”.
Ng`s post was accompanied by underwater photos of what appeared to be the fuselage.
The words “now” and “everyone” are visible on the photos, apparently from AirAsia`s motto “Now Everyone Can Fly” painted on the plane`s exterior.
“We have informed BASARNAS, the Indonesian search authority who can now begin recovery operations,” Ng said.
Finding the fuselage of the Airbus 320-200 is seen as vital, as most of the victims are believed to be still trapped inside. Just 48 bodies have so far been recovered.
“The accident is a tragic event resulting in the loss of many lives. I hope that with the fuselage located, some form of closure can come to the families of the victims to ease their grief,” added Ng.
The plane`s black boxes — the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder — have already been recovered, raising hopes of determining why it went down.
Flight 8501 crashed in the Java Sea on December 28 in stormy weather during a short, routine flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.