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Search teams mull decision to raise AirAsia fuselage

19 January 2015, 11:08

Jakarta - Indonesian search teams are considering whether to use a crane to lift the fuselage of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea last month, an official said on Monday.

Thirteen divers were sent to estimate the weight of the fuselage and look for bodies, but the weather was hampering their work, search operation director Suryadi Supriyadi said.

"There's still no significant progress so far," he said.

The technical options to raise the fuselage include a barge equipped with a crane, or inflated lifting bags, used to recover the aircraft's tail last week.

The aircraft crashed on 28 December en route to Singapore from Surabaya, Indonesia with 162 people on board.

So far 53 bodies have been found. There have been no survivors.

Indonesian crash investigators are examining the aircraft's flight and data recorders and are expected to release a preliminary report within a month.



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