Tail from missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 located in Java Sea

Tail from missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 located in Java Sea A section of submerged wreckage from the AirAsia crash site

Investigators searching for the wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 have located the tail of the crashed plane in the Java Sea.

Indonesian officials confirmed it had been located in a secondary search area after an extensive search, suggesting debris has been moved by strong underwater currents.

The tailfin of the Airbus A320-200 holds the black box recorders for the aircraft, raising hopes these may now be located.

These would provide clues to what caused the crash on December 28th.

The plane had been on route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, with 162 people aboard.

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No survivors have been found.

Some 40 bodies have been recovered from the water so far.

Authorities are working on the many of the passengers may still be strapped inside the main body of the plane, which has yet to be located.

The cause of the crash is not known but the plane was flying through stormy weather at the time and had requested permission to change course.