Forty bodies found in Indonesian waters where plane disappeared
Jakarta, Dec 30: At least 40 bodies have been recovered from the sea in the search for missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501.
The bodies were spotted along with debris floating in the Java Sea off the Indonesian part of Borneo, in one of the search zones for the plane, BBC reported quoting the Indonesian navy.
There has been no official confirmation that the remains come from the plane.
There were 162 people aboard the plane.
The bodies were seen about 160 kilometers (100 miles) from land and 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the plane’s last communication with air-traffic control.
The six bodies were recovered, swollen but intact, and taken to an Indonesian navy ship, First Adm. Sigit Setiayanta, the Naval Aviation Center commander at the Surabaya air force base, told journalists.
The corpses did not have life jackets on.
Search and rescue teams were lowered on ropes from a hovering helicopter to retrieve the corpses, their efforts were hindered by 2-meter-high (6-foot) waves and strong winds, National Search and Rescue Director SB Supriyadi said.
The discovery came after several pieces of red, white and black debris were spotted in the Java Sea near Borneo island. AirAsia planes are painted red and white.
Supriyadi said that from an aircraft above, he saw what appeared to be a life jacket and an emergency exit door. More wreckage could be seen beneath the water.
Indonesian television showed a half-naked bloated body of a man whose shirt partially covered his head. The images sent a spasm of pain through family members watching television together in a waiting room at the Surabaya airport.
Many screamed and wailed uncontrollably, breaking down into tears while they squeezed each other. One middle-aged man collapsed and had to be taken out on a stretcher.
In his twitter status, AirAsia group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501. On behalf of AirAsia my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.”
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