London: The daughter of the pilot of AirAsia flight QZ8501, which crashed on December 28 in the Java Sea while flying from Surabaya to Singapore has appealed national TV not to blame her father.
As per a report in The Independent, Angela Anggi Ranastianis, 22, previously released pictures of her family with Captain Iriyanto.
Speaking to Indonesia's TV One, she said was quoted as saying that as a daughter she could not accept it and maintained that no pilot would harm his passengers.
She also said that her father was just a victim, adding that her family was in mourning.
The flight disappeared between Surabaya in Indonesia and Singapore with 162 people on board.
Meanwhile, Indonesian searchers on Monday said they may have found what could be the tail of the crashed AirAsia flight, the section where the crucial black boxes are located, even as calmer waters led to the recovery of three more bodies of people on board the ill-fated plane.
"We found what has a high probability of being the tail of the plane," Yayan Sofyan, the captain of an Indonesian patrol vessel, said, as per PTI.
The development came as Indonesian navy divers took advantage of calmer waters today to resume efforts to identify suspected wreckage from the jet with no signal detected yet from the black box recorders.
This ship has a very specific mission. On board is a pinger locator that needs to be delivered to a vessel stationed in Sector 4 of the search zone.
Three more bodies were found early today, bringing the total found so far to 37, as ships and aircraft seeking debris and bodies from the the plane widened their search area, Metro News reported.
The bodies were retrieved from an area where most of the plane parts were discovered. More aircraft debris, including seats, has also been found.
The searchers would continue to focus on finding more bodies and recovering the black box in the priority area mapped out by the authorities for the search
The rescue teams expanded search eastward to locate large objects of the plane believed to be on the ocean floor.
Indonesia's National Search and Rescue director of operations Suryadi B Supriyadi said that at least five ships with equipment that can detect the pings of the plane's black boxes have been deployed to the area.
Five large objects belonging to the crashed jet were retrieved from the Java Sea yesterday. But rescuers battled bad weather in their efforts to reach the fuselage believed to contain the remaining victims.
With PTI inputs