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Transport Ministry lifts bar on 16 flights

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LIVE QZ8501 DAY 10 AirAsia's Surabaya-Singapore flight carrying 155 passengers and seven crew members on board crashed into the sea off Kalimantan on the morning of Dec 28, after taking off from Surabaya in Java, Indonesia, at 5.20am local time.

Search and rescue (SAR) operations continue to scour the crash area off the southwest tip of Kalimantan for wreckage and bodies.

Malaysiakini brings you the live updates of information as it comes in.


Latest updates:

  • Sixteen flights barred earlier allowed to fly


  • Three more identified

  • Families refuse offer to go to sea

  • Hair stuck on retrieved seat

    Ministry okays sixteen flights barred

    4.45pm: Indonesia's Transport Ministry now says that it has lifted the bar imposed on 16 flights from four airlines.

    It says that from now onwards, all flights that are not according to scheduled routes will be barred immediately.

    Three more identified

    4.20pm: Three more bodies have been identified today, reports MetroTV .

    The disaster victim identification (DVI) team has identified Indra Yulianto, 51, Hindarto Halim, 61, and Jou Brian Youvito, 19.

    All three are Indonesians.

    This means 11 of the 39 bodies recovered have been identified.

    16 flights now they say

    4pm: Another official of the Juanda airport authority, Angkasa Pura 1, gives a more detailed breakdown of domestic flights barred by the Transport Ministry.

    Now, Yuristo Ardi says there are 16 flights barred - eight from Lion Air, five from AirAsia and one each from Wings Air, Trigana Air and Kalstar.

    This differs from what was said by the general manager of PT Angkasa Pura.

    Families refuse offer to go to sea

    3.45pm: The families of the deceased in the flight tragedy have refused the offer by the Indonesian army chief to be taken to site to conduct prayers and place flowers in the sea in memory of those who perished.

    They say they want the recovery of the bodies to be conducted as quickly as possible, says .

    3.30pm: Another passenger Brian Yuvito, 19, has been identified, reports Channel NewsAsia .

    Meanwhile, a Japanese search vessel has found one body and it is in the midst of being retrieved, says .

    This means nine have been identified from the 38 bodies recovered.

    Fifteen domestic flights barred

    2pm: Four airlines have been ‘barred’ from making 15 domestic flights due to changes in their schedule to the routes, says Bandara Juanda air navigation authorities, reports .

    The flights comprise two from AirAsia, eight from Lion Air,  three Sriwijaya, and two KalStar flights, all domestic.

    General manager of Juanda airport authority Angkasa Pura I Juanda, Trikora Hardjo says that the barring orders were made by Air Navigation and Otoritas Bandara (Otban) III Juanda, the two main airport authorities.

    The AirAsia flights allegedly did not have permission from the Transport Ministry.

    Hair stuck on retrieved seat

    1.15pm: A haunting picture depicting hair being stuck at a broken part of a seat retrieved from the wreckage of the plane, has been published by Yahoo Singapore today.

    Dated yesterday, the picture shows a large strand of hair protruding out of a broken steel from a seat retrieved by the search and rescue team. Seats from the plane's wreckage were also recovered yesterday.

    The plane's fuselage is yet to be located amidst fears that it is now at the bottom of the ocean floor.

    12 noon: The Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) says that there are fears that the bodies are now drifting to the Makassar Strait, which is between the islands of Borneo and Sulawesi, according to Indonesian website , quoting the Basarnas chief Bambang Soelistyo.

    The search area has been widened today.

    Weather takes a turn for worse

    11.30am: The Indonesian Meteorological Department has predicted there will be heavy rain throughout the day at the search site, reports MetroTV .

    10.15am: The Russian amphibian team says that they have made a number of findings in the sea last night and has today requested Indonesian army helicopters to the areas, reports .

    Rush to identify against decomposition

    8.30am: Search enters the 10th day as 13 of 37 bodies found are identified and parts of wreckage are fished out of the waters.

    Identification is being made difficult as bodies recovered are decomposing fast after being exposed to the harsh elements at open sea, reports Channel NewsAsia .

    Yesterday, a mangled passenger chair was recovered.

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