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POSTED | 10:40 AM | 02-01-2015

Special diver team at AirAsia crash site

The naval vessel KRI Banda Aceh was at the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash site in the waters off Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan, on Friday afternoon (2 Jan 2015), with 57 members of the military’s special diving team, the Frog Troops, on board.

The divers will try to recover more plane debris and the bodies of any passengers still on board the plane, kompas.com reported.

The Frog Troops will dive to the bed of the Java Sea as the joint Search and Rescue (SAR) operation team believes that many of the passengers are still strapped to their seats in the plane wreckage.

The American ship USS Sampson earlier in the day recovered six more bodies from the crash, bringing the total body count so far to 16, according to National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Pangkalan Bun post operational director First Marshal S.B. Supriyadi.

The American vessel found the bodies at a location that was not far from the last known position of the flight, which crashed on Sunday, Dec 28, with 162 people on board.

Supriyadi told tempo.com that the search and recovery area was being extended around the airplane’s last known position.

“All the bodies found will all be airlifted to Pangkalan Bun,” he said.

Meanwhile, a Singaporean ship taking part in the Search and Rescue (SAR) operation has recovered one black suitcase, a gas tube and several other items, according to kompas.com.

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