Indonesian officials call off search for remaining victims of AirAsia plane crash

The cockpit voice and flight data recorders are vital to understanding what brought Flight 8501 down on Dec. 28, killing all 162 people on board.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Indonesia has called off the search for the remaining victims of the AirAsia plane crash in the Java Sea.

All 162 people aboard Airbus A320-200 died when it went down Dec. 28 while flying from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, to Singapore. So far, 106 bodies have been recovered, the last three last week from the underwater wreckage.

The operations director of the National Search and Rescue Agency, Tatang Zaenudin, said that the final retrieval operations ended Tuesday night.

The main search and rescue operation had been called off March 3, but small-scale efforts continued for another two weeks at the request of the victims’ families.

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