PANGKALAN BUN — Two attempts to lift the fuselage of crashed AirAsia jetliner QZ8501 failed over the weekend. The wreckage sank back to the ocean floor yesterday when a rope linking the lifting balloons broke. Rescuers managed to retrieve one body during the operation.
Navy spokesman Manahan Simorangkir said yesterday’s strong currents was the main obstacle. The rope had been fastened and linked to a ship, but broke again as the fuselage was lifted. “We could not fight against nature,” he said. “We hope the weather would change and be conducive.”