First body identified from AirAsia crash; 9th body found

Jan 1, 2015 8:26 AM by Cheryl Wengren

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) - The bodies of two more people killed in the AirAsia plane crash have been recovered today -- bringing the total to nine. And one of them has been identified.

The identity of passenger Hayati Lutfiah Hamid was confirmed using fingerprints and other means.

Her body, in a dark polished casket topped with flowers, was handed over to her family today at a brief ceremony in Surabaya, Indonesia. A family member cried as she put both hands on the coffin.

Meanwhile, crews are struggling against wind and heavy rain to find the 153 people still missing. More than 50 ships are scouring the Java Sea, and Singapore's navy has sent an unmanned underwater vehicle to try to pinpoint the wreckage and the all-important flight data and cockpit voice recorders.


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