One of Brian’s Favorite Quotes
The fact that I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake.”
— H. L. Mencken (1880–1956)
Rough conditions expected to hamper AirAsia recovery efforts for days
Recovery teams endured another frustrating day on the Java Sea on Thursday as bad weather and murky waters late into the night continued to prevent divers from reaching Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501, believed to be submerged 150 feet below the surface.With inclement conditions expected to continue at least until Sunday, officials said it could be several more days before recovery crews get to the wreckage of the Airbus A320-200 and attempt to locate the “black box” flight recorders that investigators say will help explain what caused the plane to crash Dec. 28 during a thunderstorm. Aerial searches and sonar images have suggested the plane is lying upside-down on the relatively shallow sea floor. Only nine bodies out of 162 passengers and crew have been recovered, and experts believe that many of the others could still be strapped in their seats inside the body of the jet.“I am hoping that the latest information is correct and aircraft has been found,” AirAsia Chief Executive Tony Fernandes tweeted. “Please all hope together. This is so important.”lRelated
AsiaBad weather stalls AirAsia wreckage search; 7 bodies recoveredSee all relatedOfficials said that churning waves and noise levels below the water’s surface were making it harder for teams conducting an acoustic search to isolate pings from the recorders.“In deep water black boxes are easier to detect, but in shallow water the
Amid signs that debris had scattered upon impact with the Java Sea, officials widened the search area to nearly 18,000 square miles, double the area of a day earlier.Nineteen ships from the United States, Indonesia and Singapore were involved in the search, along with four helicopters and five fixed-wing planes, officials said.Search officials have not ruled out survivors, but after more than four days at sea, the mostly Indonesian passengers and crew were all presumed dead.An Indonesian C-130 cargo plane brought four bodies retrieved from the water since Tuesday to the Indonesian city of Surabaya, the origin point of the Singapore-bound flight, where families have gathered to identify relatives.A post-mortem examination identified one of the victims as passenger Hayati Lutfia Hamid, officials said. Her family collected her remains at a hospital in Surabaya.“We extend our profound condolences to the family and friends of late Hayati Luthfi Hamid,” Indonesia AirAsia CEO Sunu Widyatmoko said in a statement. “AirAsia will support everything that the family may need during these difficult times.”Indonesian media have identified two of the other victims as Khairunnisa Haidar, 22, a flight attendant who was found in her uniform, and Kevin Alexander Soetjipto, a university student whose wallet was found on his body, according to Indonesian media reports.Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, posted a Twitter statement confirming that Soetjipto was a student there, adding that he would have turned 21 Thursday.“On this day that would have been Kevin’s 21st birthday, we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” the university said.Fernandes wrote that reports of a crew member being identified were “heartbreaking” and “soul-destroying.”Special correspondent Pathoni reported from Jakarata and staff writer Bengali from Mumbai, India. Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times UPDATES8:50 a.m.: This story has been updated with additional details.6:50 a.m.: This story has been updated with details from an evening news conference by search officials.12:05 a.m., Jan. 1: This story has been updated with information regarding dive teams being prevented from locating the fuselage, four bodies brought to Surabaya and reaction to identification of bodies.This story was original published at 8:50 p.m., Dec. 31.