QZ8501 UPDATE DAY 6: Funeral held for AirAsia victim

The funeral of Hayati Lutfiah, one of the victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash, was held on Thursday.

Hers was the first body to be identified.

Ships and aircraft criss-crossed the seas off Borneo on Friday hunting for the wreckage of the plane, but bad weather again hindered the search.

Officials said more than 20 bodies have now been recovered, along with pieces of the broken-up plane.

Photos: AFP, Reuters

The multinational search operation based in Pangkalan Bun, the town in southern Borneo closest to the search area, was bolstered on Friday by experts from France’s BEA accident investigation agency, which attends all Airbus crashes.

Officials said the French team’s hydrophones – sophisticated underwater acoustic detection devices – and towed sonar equipment brought by other international experts could not be used on Friday because of high waves.

“The sea has to be calm,” General Sunarbowo Sandi of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said.

“We cannot operate it in poor weather.”

Sources: AFP, Reuters