The wreckage of an Asiana Boeing 747-400 Freighter that crashed into the waters off South Korea has been found almost three months after the incident.

South Korean and Asiana officials said that rescue teams retrieved the bodies of the two pilots on Saturday, and brought them to shore on Sunday morning.

The search for the cockpit data recorder and the voice recorder continues, they added. There was no information on the state of the airframe.

The aircraft, with the registration HL-7604, went missing off Jeju Island on 28 July while en-route from South Korea's capital Seoul to Shanghai's Pudong International airport.

The crew reported "control problems" at an altitude of 7,600ft and that there was a fire in the hold, said the South Korean Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTMA) shortly after the crash. It had diverted to Jeju International airport when it crashed, it added.

The ministry said on 29 July that while the "fire probably caused the crash", its exact role in the incident has not yet been determined.

The aircraft was carrying cargo that included lithium batteries, paint and other potentially dangerous materials.

While there is no immediate evidence that the cargo contributed to the accident, lithium batteries are considered a potentially hazardous because they pose the risk of in-flight fire.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news