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Missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 Found Debris Floating in the Sea Off Borneo Island in Indonesia

Indonesian officials have confirmed that bodies and debris found in the Java Sea off Borneo are from AirAsia flight QZ8501 that went missing on Sunday 28 Dec 2014.

The Airbus A320-200, carrying 162 people from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, disappeared on Sunday. The head of Indonesia’s search operation, Bambang Soelistyo, says three bodies have been retrieved, not 40 as previously stated by naval officials.

They had been hoping for a miracle, but in the end they had to watch the worst possible news. Relatives of the passengers screamed and wailed as local television networks showed pictures of what was clearly a human body floating in the water. Grown men put their hands to their faces. At least two people collapsed and were taken out of the room on stretchers.

At least 30 ships, 15 aircraft and seven helicopters joined the operation when it resumed at 06:00 local time on Tuesday (23:00 GMT Monday). The operation, led by Indonesia, includes assistance from Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, with other offers of help from South Korea, Thailand, China and France. The US destroyer USS Sampson is on its way to the zone. On board the plane were 137 adult passengers, 17 children and one infant, along with two pilots and five crew.

Missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501

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