AirAsia 8501 crash: Search for bodies ends

Of the 162 people on board, 56 have not been found
The search for missing bodies and wreckage from AirAsia 8501, which lost contact with air traffic control on December 28 flying from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, has officially ended. Of the 162 people who were on board, 56 have not been found.
Ships involved in the search for the remaining parts of the plane, which crashed in the Java Sea, are being pulled out today. Some bodies have been found a thousand kilometres away, off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, as recently as March 14.
AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes said he was satisfied with the search operation but added that it could not “go on indefinitely”.
The BBC reports that families of the missing are disappointed but understand the search cannot go on forever. The brother of a man from Indonesia said it had been hard for his family to move on, adding: “We will never stop waiting”.
[pictured: Offshore supply ship with AirAsia 8501 tail on its stern, January 10]

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