Six bodies and unidentified debris found in missing plane search
The search for the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 has found at least six dead bodies of passengers and unidentified debris floating, out of which three bodies have been recovered.
The flight that was carrying about 162 people from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore disappeared on Sunday, moments after it was asked to steer from the actual path in order to avoid a cloud. After an intense search in the Java Sea, the dead bodies were found and the floating debris have not yet been recovered or identified. It is assumed that they might be from the wreckage of the plane but it is not clear what they are.
The search operations are continuing for the third day today and now 13 zones are announced as search zones over land and sea. Pictures of floating debris were shown during a news conference by the head of the operation. The relatives of the passengers were watching the pictures and were shocked. The officials and media sources in Pangkalan Bun, a town in Central Kalimantan province said that six bodies were spotted and three of them were recovered.
The navy which is engaging in search operations could not be reached for comments immediately, however, they said that at least 40 of them had been retrieved. AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted, “My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501. On behalf of AirAsia my condolences”. Head of the search said that he was 95 percent sure that the objects that were shown were from the missing plane.