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Tail of missing AirAsia jetliner found in Java Sea (CBS News)

Tail of missing AirAsia jetliner found in Java Sea (CBS News) 






PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia -- Indonesia's search and rescue chief says divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle have spotted the tail of the missing AirAsia plane in the Java Sea, the first confirmed sighting of any wreckage, 11 days after Flight 8501 disappeared with 162 people on board.
Henry Bambang Soelistyo told reporters Wednesday that searchers were able to get photographs of the debris.
He said the words AirAsia were seen on the tail, and that it was pointing toward the seabed.
Divers are now looking for the fuselage of the plane, which is believed to be nearby, he added.
The find is particularly important because the all-important cockpit voice and flight data recorders, or "black boxes," are located in the aircraft's tail.
Soelistyo says a top priority remains recovering bodies and the black boxes. So far, 40 corpses have been found.
There are concerns that it will become harder to find the bodies of the rest of the162 people who were on board Flight 8501 when it crashed into the Java Sea on Dec. 28.
Strong currents are already forcing Indonesia to expand the search area, as rough seas and bad weather make it more difficult to reach what are believed to be chunks of the plane on the ocean floor.
"Time is of the essence," said the National Search and Rescue Agency's director of operations, Suryadi B. Supriyadi. "But it seems like it is hard to beat the weather."
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