A military vessel on Wednesday located the fuselage of the AirAsia passenger jet that crashed more than two weeks ago off the coast of Indonesia, raising hopes that more bodies will be found.
The fuselage was discovered around 3 km from where the tail of the aircraft was retrieved last weekend, Indonesian officials said.
"A marker was placed on the engine. Beside the engine is the fuselage, the wing and a lot of debris," Ony Soeryo Wibowo, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Committee said.
So far 50 bodies have been recovered from the Java Sea, with most taken to Surabaya for identification. Searchers believe more bodies will be found in the plane's fuselage.
Divers will check the wreckage for bodies on Thursday, said Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo, head of the National Search and Rescue Agency.
Indonesian investigators on Wednesday started examining the flight recorders recovered from the Airbus A320, and hope to unlock initial clues to the cause of the disaster within days.
"In one week, I think we will be getting a reading," Mardjono Siswosuwarno, head investigator for the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), told Reuters news agency.