AirAsia jet search stopped due to bad weatherBad weather has forced divers trying to identify sunken wreckage from a crashed AirAsia passenger jet to abort their mission. Separately, Indonesian officials said on Sunday they had not yet picked up any signals from the lost aircraft’s “black box”. Indonesia’s meteorological agency on Sunday said seasonal tropical storms probably contributed to last week’s crash. Weather has persistently hampered efforts to recover bodies and find the cockpit voice and flight data recorders that may explain why the Airbus A320-200 plunged into the sea.
“Conditions did not allow diving operations,” the head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo, said in Jakarta. “Our priority is to dive in the location we suspect parts of the plane to be.” Flight QZ8501 crashed into the Java Sea about 40 minutes after taking off last Sunday from Indonesia’s second-largest city Surabaya en route for Singapore. There were no survivors.