(Bloomberg) — Indonesian Navy divers hunted for more wreckage and recorders from the crashed AirAsia Bhd. jetliner as inclement weather and mud at the bottom of the sea hampered their efforts.

Three more bodies were recovered today, taking the total to 37, while high-frequency side-scan sonars were deployed by USS Fort Worth to detect signals emitted by the plane's cockpit-voice recorder and the flight-data recorder. The aircraft that disappeared Dec. 28 with 162 people on board appears to have flown into a storm cloud, with the jet's engines possibly affected by ice formation, researchers from the Indonesia weather office wrote in a report, citing meteorological data from the flight's last known location over the Java Sea.

The search area has been widened, Malaysia's Navy Chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar tweeted this morning as helicopters, planes, divers and ships battled rain and waves to find wreckage from the Airbus Group NV A320-200 jet, operated as Flight 8501 by Malaysia-based AirAsia's Indonesia affiliate. Within days of saying QZ8501 didn't have necessary approvals to fly on the day, Indonesia's authorities today said they have transferred officials linked in the alleged breach of permit by the carrier.

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