Indonesian rescuers believe they have found the wreck of a crashed AirAsia plane on the ocean floor off Borneo, after sonar detected a large, dark object beneath waters where debris and bodies were found floating.
Ships and planes had been scouring the Java Sea for Flight QZ8501 (an Airbus A320-200) since Sunday, when it lost contact during bad weather about 40 minutes into its flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.
Indonesian rescuers have recovered various bits of debris, including luggage, and seven bodies floating in shallow waters.
“It’s about 30 to 50 metres (100 to 165 feet) underwater,” Hernanto, head of the search and rescue agency in Surabaya, said of the object on the sea bed.
A body recovered on Wednesday from the crashed AirAsia plane was wearing a life jacket, an official with Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said, raising questions about how the disaster unfolded.
“I feel a deep loss over this disaster and pray for the families to be given fortitude and strength,” Widodo said in Surabaya on Tuesday after grim images of the scene in the Java Sea were broadcast on television.