1. AirAsia flight QZ8501: Tail of plane found, says Indonesia’s search and rescue chief.
The tail of AirAsia flight QZ8501 has been found, Indonesia’s search and rescue chief says.
I am led to believe the tail section has been found. If right part of tail section then the black box should be there.
— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) January 7, 2015
Bambang Soelitsyo, the chief of Basarnas, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, told reporters in Jakarta recovery teams found the tail of the plane in the Java Sea.
“We have successfully obtained part of the plane that has been our target. The tail portion has been confirmed found,” he said.
The tail is the section where the crucial black box voice and flight data recorders are located.
AirAsia group chief executive Tony Fernandes acknowledged the announcement in a post on his Twitter account.
“I am led to believe the tail section has been found. If right part of tail section then the black box should be there,” he tweeted.
“We need to find all parts soon so we can find all [our] guests to ease the pain of our families. That still is our priority.”
A version of this story was originally published on ABC and has been republished with full permission.
2. Emergency warning issued for bushfire in western Victoria.
An emergency warning has been issued for an out-of-control bushfire at Glenisla Crossing and Cherrypool in Victoria’s west.
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) said the fire was travelling in an easterly direction from Black Range State Park, which borders Grampians National Park.