AirAsia: More Bodies, Plane Parts Found On 8th Day Of Search

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Updated January 4, 2015

AirAsiaFour more bodies and some plane parts have been found as the search for AirAsia Flight QZ8501 entered its eighth day.

Remains of the 162 victims aboard the ill-fated flight, as well as wreckage of the aircraft have been retrieved from the Java Sea.

At least four more bodies were recovered on Sunday, taking the count to 34.

The remains were transferred by helicopter to the processing center in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, to the north of the search area.

The developments come as Indonesian officials announced that they had identified three more bodies — two female passengers and a male flight attendant.

Also, additional wreckage was spotted overnight, measuring almost 10 meters (33 ft) by one meter (3.3ft).

However, family members of the victims have continued to wait for news of their loved ones and according to CNN, AirAsia has offered an initial $24,000 financial compensation for each family member that was on the plane.

Several family members told CNN on Sunday that families of those on board the plane were presented with a draft letter from AirAsia outlining details of preliminary compensation.

The letter states that families are entitled to about $24,000 for each family member that was on the plane.
Some families have signed the letter while others requested revisions to the wording.

This compensation money is for any “financial hardships” during this period of the search, and in the letter AirAsia stressed that it was not a confirmation that their family members were deceased.