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Fresh attempt to lift AirAsia jet’s fuselage fails as rope snaps

Fresh attempt to lift AirAsia jet’s fuselage fails as rope snaps
Efforts to lift the fuselage or the main section of the Airbus A320-200, expected to contain remaining bodies of victims of the December 28 crash that killed all 162 people on board, have failed so far.

“The fuselage appeared at the surface, but the rope broke and it fell down again,” said Supriyadi, director of operations and training for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency.

Earlier, rescuers tried to lift the section with balloons, a procedure they also used to hoist the tail of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight QZ8501, en route from Indonesia’s Surabaya city to Singapore.

On Saturday, efforts failed again when sharp parts of the debris sliced through a strap connecting the fuselage to a giant balloon and the wreckage sank to the seabed once again.

Several bodies fell from the fuselage when the piece of wreckage sank yesterday.

One body was retrieved on Sunday after it appeared in the water as the fuselage neared the surface,
taking the total recovered so far to 70. Indonesian divers were able to enter the fuselage for the first time on Friday after high waves and strong currents in the choppy waters prevented them from accessing the piece of wreckage for days.
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