A total of 41 bodies of victims on the ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 which crashed into the Java Sea, Indonesia have been found so far, Chief of the Indonesia National Search and Rescue Agency Bambang Soelistyo said on January 7.

Among them, 39 have been brought to Surabaya, Indonesia, for identification test and to return to their families.

The official predicted that half of the passengers on the flight are still strapped in the plane.

Earlier, he confirmed that rescuers found a piece of the plane’s tail which measures 10m in length, 5m in width and 3m in height, an important finding because black boxes are usually placed in a plane’s tail.

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 lost contact with an air traffic control station in the morning of December 28, only 42 minutes after taking off from Indonesia’s Surabaya airport for Singapore. It carried 162 passengers and crew members, including 155 Indonesians, three Koreans, one Singaporean, one Malaysian, one French, and one British.-VNA