Five of 30 AirAsia Bodies Were Found Belted Into Seats: Officials

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/ Source: Associated Press

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia — Search crews have now recovered 30 bodies from the AirAsia crash, including five who were found still strapped in their seats, Indonesian officials said.

Col. Yayan Sofiyan, commander of the warship Bung Tomo, told MetroTV that the five were among seven bodies retrieved from the Java Sea and taken to an Indonesian vessel Friday. Indonesian search and rescue chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo later said a total of 30 bodies have been recovered from Flight 8501.

There were 162 passengers and crew onboard the plane that went down Sunday, half-way through a flight from Indonesia to Singapore.

Police officers carry remains of Kevin Alexander Sortjipto, the third identified victim of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash, during a handover ceremony in Surabaya, Indonesia, on Friday.Robertus Pudyanto / Getty Images


- The Associated Press