Debris from missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 was found today, and two bodies were found nearby, authorities said today.
“AirAsia Indonesia regrets to inform that The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia today confirmed that the debris found earlier today is indeed from QZ8501, the flight that had lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of 28th,” the airline said in a statement.
“We are sorry to be here today under these tragic circumstances,” said airline head Sunu Widyatmoko. “We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ8501. Our sympathies also go out to the families of our dear colleagues.”
Two bodies have been sighted, Indonesian Navy official Manahan Simorangkir told CNN today. The body of a woman was recovered, but large waves have prevented crews from getting to the second body, Simorangkir said.
The bodies were not immediately identified.
Hospitals in the Indonesian city of Surabaya are being prepared to help house and identify bodies being recovered off the coast of Borneo.
Bambang Sulistyo, head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, said the discovery came when a crew on a military aircraft spotted the shadow of an object that looked like a plane in the water.
Further searching located floating objects believed to be the bodies of passengers, and then what appeared to be an emergency exit of the plane.