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AirAsia crash plane fuselage found

A Singaporean navy ship has found the crashed AirAsia plane's fuselage, a 30-metre long section with a wing attached, in the Java Sea, authorities said.

Images taken by a remote-controlled vehicle from the ship showed parts of the plane's wing and words on the fuselage, Singapore defence minister Ng Eng Hen said on his Facebook page.

Indonesian search officials have been notified so they can begin recovery operations, he said.

The fuselage section that was found is 30 metres long and 10 metres wide with a height of three metres, Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo said.

"The fuselage with a wing still attached on it was found in the priority search area and has been confirmed as part of (the) AirAsia plane," Mr Soelistyo said.

He added it was some three kilometres (1.8 miles) from the tail, which was found earlier, and 800 metres (2,625ft) from the black boxes, at a depth of about 28 metres (92ft).

The plane carrying 162 people disappeared from radar on December 28 less than halfway into a two-hour flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore.

Many of the victims are believed to be entombed in the main section of the aircraft's cabin.

Fishermen found two bodies along with plane seats and debris off the coast off South Kalimantan, bringing to 50 the total of bodies recovered so far.

President Joko Widodo expressed happiness for the discovery, saying that divers would examine the fuselage tomorrow.

The plane's "black boxes" - the flight data recorder and cockpit flight recorder - were retrieved on Monday and Tuesday and will be key to learning what caused the plane to crash. Bad weather is a suspected factor.

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