Divers tackle waves as they hoist tail of crashed AirAsia 8501 jet out of Java Sea

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PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia — Divers fought strong currents and waves as they worked to hoist the tail of the crashed AirAsia plane out of the Java Sea on Saturday, two weeks ago after it went down, killing all 162 people on board.

Inflatable bags were being attached to the rear of the aircraft, and a crane will be used to lift it from a depth of about 30 meters (100 feet).

“Additional lifting bags are needed because the tail part is getting heavier due to strong currents and piles of sand and mud,” said Suryadi B. Supriyadi, the National Search and Rescue Agency’s operational director.

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