• Search operation resumes at AirAsia plane crash cite

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    BALI: Search and rescue operation was resumed early Sunday morning in the area of the Java Sea, where AirAsia plane crashed on Dec. 28.

    According to Detik.com news portal, the weather in the area of the operation remains cloudy. However, the height of the waves was educed to two-three meters (about 6-9 feet). The speed of the underwater current in the Karimata Strait, where earlier on Saturday the rescue workers found two large fragments of the aircraft, is three knots.

    The chief of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency (Basarnas) Henry Bambang Sulistyo said that the high speed of the water flow became the main obstacle for using a remotely operated underwater vehicle, which located the plane’s fragments on Saturday, as it constantly drifts the vehicle aside.

    A Russian team of more than 70 divers and search experts arrived in Jakarta on Friday and joined the search mission on Saturday after a request from Indonesian authorities.

    The team arrived in the country with an Il-76 airlifter, a Be-200 amphibious aircraft and high-tech search equipment, including the remote-controlled Folkon deepwater vehicle, designed to operate at depths of up to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet).

    AirAsia’s Airbus A320-200, carrying 155 passengers and seven crew members, crashed into the Java Sea on Dec. 28.

    A multinational team of specialists is currently taking part in the search operation at the suspected crash site, having recovered 30 bodies so far. PNA

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