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French Investigators On Way To AirAsia Crash Scene

France's crash investigation agency said its specialist flight data recorder search team and equipment would arrive early Friday at the search area for AirAsia flight QZ8501.

France’s BEA crash investigation agency assists in the investigation of any air crash involving an Airbus aircraft because the company is France-based.

Heavy seas stopped divers reaching the possible wreck of the Indonesia AirAsia jet off Borneo on Thursday and an aviation official said it could be a week before the flight recorders are found.

"During the morning of January 2nd, local time, a ship will be taking the investigators to the search area, with detection equipment including hydrophones, in order to try to locate the acoustic beacons from the two flight recorders," BEA said in a statement.

Nine bodies have so far been recovered from the Airbus A320, which crashed with 162 people on board.

(Reuters)