AirAsia officials have confirmed that the sum of USD100,000 would be paid to the families of each of the passengers on board the crashed AirAsia plane as searchers believe the tail of the plane has been found.
The plane’s “black boxes”, which could provide investigators with clues on why the plane crashed, are housed in the tail of the pane.
It was found in a secondary search area, lending weight to theories that strong currents have moved the debris.
No survivors have been found yet.
“We have found the tail that has been our main target today,” search and rescue chief Bambang Soelistyo told reporters in the capital, Jakarta.
“I can ensure that this is part of the tail with the AirAsia mark on it.”
The tail of the Airbus A320-200 was spotted by teams involving divers and unmanned underwater vehicles, he said. It is the first significant piece of wreckage from the crash to be identified.
He added that despite powerful sea currents and murky water, searchers had managed to take photographs of what appeared to be debris underwater.
On one piece, the letter A appears to be painted.
Only 40 bodies have been recovered so far but the authorities believe many of the passengers may still be strapped inside the main body of the plane.