The crew of an Indonesian Air Force C-130 airplane of the 31st Air Squadron uses binoculars to scan the horizon during a search operation for the missing AirAsia flight 8501 jetliner over the waters of Karimata Strait in Indonesia on Dec. 29, 2014.
Photo by Dita Alangkara/AP

AirAsia rescue crews spot ‘large objects’ underwater

Search crews looking for the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 have spotted two “large objects” about 90 feet deep in the Java Sea and were working to get a closer look at them, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said Saturday. While heavy wind and waves continued to hamper search efforts, now in their seventh day, the discovery, along with the sighting of an oil spill and the recovery of additional objects from the plane, indicated that the search operation could be close to locating the plane’s main fuselage, it said.

RELATED: 30 bodies recovered in AirAsia flight search

At a news conference, the search and rescue agency, known as BASARNAS, confirmed widespread reports that 30 bodies had recovered from the jet that went down Sunday in the Java Sea with 162 passengers and crew on board. Most have been found in a relatively small area, which officials said was a further indication that they were zeroing in on the plane’s main structure and presumably its black box data recorders. Toos Sanitioso, an investigator with Indonesia’s National Committee for Transportation Safety, said the agency hoped to have a preliminary report with a month of finding the recorders.

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