By Juliet Van Wagenen | January 15, 2015
|Visual of the AirAsia flight 8501 fuselage on the Java Sea floor, captured by a remotely operated vehicle. Photo: Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen via Facebook|
[Avionics Today 01-15-2015] The search and rescue team working to recover wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 has located the aircraft’s fuselage. Sea divers have been deployed to recover the fuselage, which was discovered with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that captured visual confirmation of the main wreckage of the QZ 8501 aircraft, according to the airline.
Search and rescue missions for AirAsia flight QZ8501 have entered into their third week after the flight lost contact with Jakarta Air Traffic Control (ATC) on the morning of Dec. 28, 2014, following a request to deviate from the flight plan to avoid bad weather. The plane’s wreckage was located off the coast of Indonesian Borneo two days later, around which search and rescue operations are ongoing. So far, the aircraft’s Flight Data Recorder (FDR) as well as the remains of 50 of the 155 passengers on board have been recovered.