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Indonesian rescuers fail for 2nd time to lift fuselage of crashed AirAsia jetliner

FILE - In this undated underwater file photo released by Indonesia's National Search And Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, the part of the wreckage that BASARNAS identified as of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501, is seen in the waters of the Java Sea, Indonesia. The second attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner failed Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 as the wreckage sank back to the ocean floor when a rope linking the lifting balloons broke. Navy spokesman Manahan Simorangkir said strong current was the main obstacle. The rope had been fastened and linked to a ship, but broke again as the fuselage was lifted. (AP Photo/BASARNAS, File)

FILE - In this undated underwater file photo released by Indonesia's National Search And Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, the part of the wreckage that BASARNAS identified as of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501, is seen in the waters of the Java Sea, Indonesia. The second attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner failed Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 as the wreckage sank back to the ocean floor when a rope linking the lifting balloons broke. Navy spokesman Manahan Simorangkir said strong current was the main obstacle. The rope had been fastened and linked to a ship, but broke again as the fuselage was lifted. (AP Photo/BASARNAS, File)  (The Associated Press)

The second attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner has failed as the wreckage sank back to the ocean floor when a rope linking the lifting balloons broke.

Navy spokesman Manahan Simorangkir said the strong current in the Java Sea was the main obstacle Sunday.

He added that rescuers retrieved one body during the operation. A total of 70 bodies have been retrieve from Flight 8501, which crashed Dec. 28 with 162 people on board while flying from Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya, to Singapore.

The first attempt Saturday failed when some of the lifting balloons deflated. The fuselage is believed to contain many of the victims' bodies.