4 large objects detected in AirAsia wreckage hunt

AP News
Posted: Jan 03, 2015 10:03 AM

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian officials say they're confident wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 has been located after sonar equipment detected four massive objects on the ocean floor.

Henry Bambang Soelistyo, chief of the National Search and Rescue Agency, says the biggest piece, measuring 18 meters (59 feet) long and 5.4 meters (18 feet) wide, appeared to be part of the jet's body.

Soelistyo says the objects on the seafloor were discovered Friday and Saturday.

Though strong currents and big surf have prevented divers from entering waters to get a visual of the suspected fuselage, officials are hopeful they'll find many of the 162 passengers and crew who were aboard the plane still strapped in their seats inside.

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After nearly a week of searching, only 30 bodies have been found floating in the waters.