More AirAsia victims returned to their families

Members of the National Search And Rescue Agency and Indonesian soldier carry coffins containing bodies of the victims aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 to transfer to Surabaya at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. The investigation into the AirAsia crash has turned to the ocean floor, with more sonar equipment and metal detectors deployed today to scour the seabed for wreckage, including the plane's black boxes. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — The investigation into the AirAsia crash has turned to the ocean floor, with more sonar equipment and metal detectors deployed today to scour the seabed for wreckage, including the plane’s black boxes.

Indonesia’s Search and Rescue Agency says it’ll step up search efforts as long as the weather allows.

Seven bodies were pulled from the water today. A helicopter from the USS Sampson brought them to Pangkalan Bun, the town nearest to the site. They were unloaded and driven off in ambulances.

Sixteen bodies have been recovered so far, and four of them have now been identified and returned to their families.

Rescuers hope the fuselage — if intact — will contain the remains of the other 146 passengers and crew still missing.

And the wreckage will be key to explaining what might have caused Flight 8501 to go down last Sunday in the Java Sea.

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