Search teams have located the main fuselage of the crashed Air Asia aircraft in the Java Sea.
The airline’s flight QZ8501 went missing on December 28 on a flight from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore when it was carrying 162 passengers and crew.
Singapore’s defence minister Ng Eng Hen posted pictures of the main body of the Airbus A320-200 online today following its discovery by a Singapore navy ship.
“I hope that with the fuselage located, some form of closure can come to the families of the victims to ease their grief,” said Ng in a statement.
Dozens of bodies and the aircraft’s two “black box” flight recorders have been found in recent days but many of bodies are still believed to be inside the fuselage.
Aviation investigators are now examining data from the flight recorders to try to find out what caused the crash.
The pilot had asked air traffic controllers to change route due to stormy weather shortly before contact with the aircraft was lost.