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Indonesia resumes search for AirAsia crash victims

Jakarta - Indonesian rescuers on Sunday resumed their search for 86 victims still missing from the AirAsia plane that crashed on December 28 with 162 people on board, an official said.

French judge to probe AirAsia crash

Paris - France has opened a formal criminal investigation into the crash of an AirAsia plane in the Java Sea last month while a French co-pilot was at the controls, a judicial source said FridayA judge will investigate possible "manslaughter" in connection wit...

AirAsia co-pilot at controls when plane crashed

Jakarta - The French co-pilot was at the controls of an AirAsia plane before it crashed into the sea last month after flying through an area of towering clouds, killing all 162 people on board, investigators said Thursday.

Indonesia ready to execute foreigners after rejecting clemency

Jakarta - Indonesia is ready to execute seven foreign drug convicts on death row after their appeals for presidential clemency were rejected, an official said, in a move certain to set Jakarta on a collision course with international allies.

Hopes fade of finding more AirAsia crash victims

Jakarta - Hopes faded Wednesday of finding 92 victims still missing from an AirAsia plane crash as Indonesian search and rescue authorities said the remaining bodies could have been swept away or lost on the seabed.

Indonesia struggles to retrieve AirAsia fuselage

Jakarta - Indonesian salvage teams failed again Sunday to retrieve the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501 from the seabed after a sling snapped during a sudden change in the weather, officials said.

Searchers stymied by weather in effort to recover AirAsia jet

Jakarta - Indonesia has temporarily suspended efforts to raise the main fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501 from the floor of the Java Sea because of bad weather, but the difficult and emotionally draining work is expected to resume today.

Indonesia search team fails to float AirAsia fuselage

Jakarta - Indonesian salvage teams failed to raise the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501 from the sea bed Saturday, but recovered four more bodies from the wreckage of the crashed jet.

Divers find more bodies, reach AirAsia fuselage

Pangkalanbuun - Indonesian divers on Friday finally reached the fuselage of an AirAsia plane that crashed last month, an official said, as four more bodies were recovered from the Java Sea.

Abbott pleads for clemency over Australians executions

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has pleaded with Indonesian authorities to reconsider the imminent execution of convicted Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Divers find bodies belted in seats near AirAsia fuselage

Pangkalanbuun - Indonesian divers Thursday recovered six bodies, some still belted into their seats, near the main section of an AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea last month, but failed again to reach the fuselage.

AirAsia jet's alarms 'screaming' before crash: investigator

Jakarta - Warning alarms in AirAsia flight QZ8501 were "screaming" as the pilots desperately tried to stabilise the plane just before it plunged into the Java Sea last month, a crash investigator said Wednesday.

AirAsia jet 'climbed fast then stalled'

Jakarta - An AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea last month with 162 people on board climbed at a faster than normal speed and then stalled, the Indonesian transport minister said Tuesday.

Australia pursues plea to spare drug smugglers on death row

Sydney - Canberra is pursuing efforts to save two convicted Australians from the firing squad in Indonesia, Foreign Minister Julia Bishop said Monday after Jakarta executed six drug offenders.

AirAsia crash highlights perils of region's crowded skies

Jakarta - Caught in stormy weather, the pilot of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 requested to climb to a higher altitude but was not immediately granted permission due to heavy traffic. Soon afterwards, the jet disappeared off the radar.

Fury as Indonesia executes foreigners by firing squad

Jakarta - Brazil and the Netherlands recalled their ambassadors from Indonesia and expressed fury Sunday after Jakarta defied their pleas and executed two of their citizens along with four other drug offenders.

Bali Nine executed, two Aussies praying for clemency

Two of the convicted Bali Nine narcotics smugglers facing possible execution shortly are now praying for a ­miracle, after Indonesia has just executed six inmates, jailed for the same offence.

Rousseff 'outraged' at Indonesian execution of Brazilian

- Brazil's president was "distressed and outraged" after Indonesia defied her repeated pleas and executed one of her countrymen convicted of drug trafficking, a spokesman said Saturday.

Divers battle against nature in hunt for AirAsia debris

Pangkalanbuun - Clinging desperately to underwater ropes, an Indonesian search leader said his divers appeared to be "flying like Superman" as they scoured the seabed in the gruelling quest to recover bodies and wreckage from crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501.

Divers make fresh bid to reach AirAsia jet main body

Pangkalanbuun - Indonesian divers Friday made a fresh attempt to reach the main body of an AirAsia plane that crashed in the sea last month with 162 people on board, after their initial bid failed due to bad weather and rough seas.

Singapore navy finds main body of crashed AirAsia jet

Pangkalanbuun - A Singaporean navy ship on Wednesday located the main body of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea late last month, raising hopes that bodies of most of the 162 victims will now be found.

Divers recover AirAsia cockpit voice recorder

Kumai - Indonesian divers on Tuesday retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from the wreckage of an AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea as the airline's boss vowed to overcome the "toughest times" he has known.

Indonesia retrieves crashed AirAsia jet's flight data recorder

Kumai - Indonesian divers Monday retrieved the flight data recorder of the AirAsia plane that went down in the Java Sea with 162 people on board, a potential breakthrough in efforts to discover what caused the crash.

Indonesia divers find black box of AirAsia plane: ministry

Indonesian divers on Sunday found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry said.

Strong signals detected in AirAsia black box hunt

Pangkalanberandan - Indonesian authorities said on Sunday strong signals were emanating from the crucial black box recorders of an AirAsia plane that crashed into the sea two weeks ago, killing all 162 people on board.

Tail of crashed AirAsia lifted from seabed

Surabaya - The mangled tail of an AirAsia plane that crashed with 162 people on board was lifted out of the Java Sea Saturday, but without the crucial flight recorders, Indonesian authorities said.

Pings detected in hunt for AirAsia black boxes: Indonesian official

Indonesia - Signals believed to be from the black box data recorders of crashed AirAsia Flight 8501 were detected Friday, Indonesian authorities said, raising hopes they could be retrieved and the disaster explained.

Australian on death row in Indonesia loses final appeal

Denpasar - An Australian drug smuggler on death row in Indonesia has lost a bid for presidential clemency, his final chance to avoid execution, a court official said Thursday.

Indonesian divers struggle to reach AirAsia wreckage

Jakarta - Elite Indonesian military divers battled powerful currents on Thursday to reach the submerged tail of crashed AirAsia Flight 8501, in hopes of finding its crucial black box data recorders.

Indonesia says AirAsia plane tail found, raising black box hopes

Jakarta - Indonesia said Wednesday it had found the tail of an AirAsia plane that crashed into the sea with 162 people on board, raising hopes of finding its black boxes and explaining the disaster.
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