4 Big Pieces of Plane Found in AirAsia Search

But divers haven't been able to reach them yet
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2015 6:33 AM CST
Updated Jan 3, 2015 8:30 AM CST
Indonesian Navy personnel carry a plastic bag containing the body of an AirAsia passenger off the coast of Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Saturday.   (AP Photo/Adek Berry, Pool)

(Newser) – Search teams in Indonesia may have found the main fuselage of the AirAsia plane where most of the remaining victims and the plane's black boxes are expected to be. Authorities found "four big parts of the plane we're looking for," says the official in charge of the search in the Java Sea, reports Reuters. The biggest of the pieces is about 59 feet long and 18 feet wide, reports AP. The pieces have only been detected, not recovered, and divers hope conditions will permit them to reach the objects tomorrow.

So far, only 30 of 162 bodies have been recovered, and most of the victims are believed to be still strapped in their seats. Authorities also said today that AirAsia was in violation of its license by flying to Singapore on a Sunday, the day of the crash, reports the Telegraph. As a result, the airline might have its license revoked in Indonesia. There's still no conclusions yet in what caused the crash, but theories continue to center on stormy conditions. "Flight 8501 appears to have been trapped in bad weather that would have been difficult to avoid," says a report by Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

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