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The search for AirAsia Flight QZ8501

Updated 7:36 AM ET, Wed March 4, 2015
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Crews remove the fuselage of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 from a vessel at the Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, March 2. AirAsia Flight QZ8501 was en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore when it lost contact with air traffic control on December 28. There were 162 people on board. ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images
The fuselage is lifted from the Java Sea during the recovery mission on March 2. Jefta Images/Barcroft Media/landov
Indonesian search and rescue personnel unload recovered bodies at the Kumai seaport on Sunday, February 8. YUDHA MANX/AFP/Getty Images
Workers load the tail of the plane onto a truck February 7 at the Kumai seaport. YUDHA MANX/AFP/Getty Images
Crew members inspect body bags on the deck of a ship in the Java Sea on Friday, January 23. Natanael Pohan/AP
A police officer stands guard near pieces of the plane's wreckage at a warehouse in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, on Monday, January 19. Achmad Ibrahim/AP
This photo, taken by a remotely operated underwater vehicle and released Wednesday, January 14, by Singapore's Defense Ministry, shows part of the plane's fuselage lying on the floor of the Java Sea.
Indonesian officials remove the cockpit voice recorder from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 on Tuesday, January 13. Indonesian divers retrieved it from beneath the wreckage of the plane. ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images
A flight data recorder was retrieved from the Java Sea on Monday, January 12. Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images
An Indonesian worker cuts part of the plane's tail January 12 after debris from the crash was retrieved from the Java Sea. AFP/Getty Images
A portion of the plane's tail section is seen on the deck of a rescue ship after it was recovered from the Java Sea on Saturday, January 10. Prasetyo Utomo/pool/AP
An Indonesian rescue helicopter flies during search operations in the Java Sea on Friday, January 9. Adek Berry/pool/ap
Search personnel unload the body of a victim upon arriving at the airport in Pangkalan Bun on January 9. Achmad Ibrahim/AP
Members of the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency carry pieces of the jet in Pangkalan Bun on January 9. Achmad Ibrahim/AP
There was a major breakthrough in the search for the wreckage on Wednesday, January 7. Indonesian search and rescue officials released an image of the plane's tail section as seen on the floor of the Java Sea. BASARNAS
Writing could be made out, showing the AirAsia insignia and other identifying features. The find is important because the plane's flight recorders were located in the tail section. BASARNAS
Divers were sent to take images of the section after metal detectors identified large objects in the water where officials were searching for the lost plane. BASARNAS
Search and rescue personnel carry seats from the flight on Monday, January 5. Tatan Syuflana/AP
An Indonesian navy member holds a piece of window panel that was recovered during search operations. Trisnadi/AP
Crew members in an Indonesian air force helicopter look out of the windows over the Java Sea during a search operation on Sunday, January 4. Adi Weda/Pool/AP
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry items recovered from the search area in Pangkalan Bun on January 4. DEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Mawar Sharon Church attend a prayer service for the relatives of lost loved ones January 4 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Firdia Lisnawati/AP
Indonesian navy officers coordinate the recovery of bodies taken to the vessel KRI Banda Aceh during recovery operations on Saturday, January 3. ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Indonesian navy return to the vessel with remains recovered from the crash area. ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images
Recovered victims are placed on the deck of the Indonesian ship on January 3. ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images
Members of an Indonesian search team carry a coffin at Iskandar Air Base on Friday, January 2. Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images
Relatives and friends grieve as they attend a ceremony January 2 in Surabaya. JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images
A member of the Indonesian Red Cross prepares coffins at a hospital in Pangkalan Bun on January 2. Tatan Syuflana/AP
Members of the National Search and Rescue Agency and Indonesian soldiers carry coffins containing bodies of victims in Pangkalan Bun on January 2. Achmad Ibrahim/AP
This photograph released by the Singapore Defense Ministry shows the front and back of a piece of debris that resembles an aircraft window panel. Singapore Defence Ministry
Members of a search and rescue team carry the body of a victim in Pangkalan Bun on Thursday, January 1. Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images
Marine divers prepare their gear on the deck of a ship before searching for passengers and debris January 1 at Kumai port in Pangkalan Bun. Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images
Indonesian soldiers carry a victim's coffin upon arrival at an air force base in Surabaya on Wednesday, December 31. Firdia Lisnawati/AP
Indonesian soldiers carry coffins of crash victims on December 31. Firdia Lisnawati/AP
Relatives of passengers pray together inside a holding room at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on December 31. MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images
Indonesian air force personnel show debris, including a suitcase, that was found floating near the site where the AirAsia flight disappeared. Dewi Nurcahyani/AP
Debris floats in the Java Sea on December 30. BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images
A member of the Indonesian navy monitors a radar screen during a search operation over the waters near Bangka Island, Indonesia, on December 30. Tatan Syuflana/AP
Family members of missing passengers react at an airport in Surabaya after watching news reports on December 30. MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images
Debris floats in the Java Sea on December 30. BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images
Relatives of missing passengers comfort each other December 30 at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya. MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images
Relatives gather at Juanda International Airport as they wait for news on December 30. MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images
An Indonesian military airman looks out the window of an airplane during a search over the waters of Karimata Strait on Monday, December 29. Dita Alangkara/AP
Members of Indonesia's Marine Police pray before a search operation on December 29. Tatan Syuflana/AP
Military personnel perform a search operation on Sunday, December 28. Agoes Rudianto/Barcroft Media /Landov
Sunu Widyatmoko, CEO of Indonesia AirAsia, gives a press conference in Surabaya announcing that the flight lost contact with air traffic control. Oscar Siagian/Getty Images
An official from Indonesia's national search and rescue agency points to the position where AirAsia Flight QZ8501 went missing. SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images