Fuselage of sunken AirAsia jet found

A robot watercraft photographed the wreckage of the plane.
By Ed Adamczyk  |  Jan. 14, 2015 at 1:22 PM
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SURABAYA, Indonesia, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The fuselage of the AirAsia aircraft lost at sea Dec. 28 has been located, Singapore Defense minister Ng Eng Hen announced Wednesday.

The main body of the plane was photographed at the bottom of the Java Sea by a remote-controlled robot of the Singapore Navy. The photographs, with lettering on the side of the plane prominently visible, were posted on Ng's Facebook page.

"The MV Swift Rescue has located the fuselage of the AirAsia plane in the Java Sea," he wrote. Many of the 162 aboard the plane, which crashed while traveling from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, are believed to still be within the fuselage. Thus far 48 bodies have been found.

Franciskus Bambang Soelistyo, chief of Indonesia's search and rescue agency, said the fuselage was located Tuesday, but the agency awaited confirmation before making an announcement.

The plane's two flight recorders, known as black boxes, were found by Indonesian divers earlier this week.

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