Flight QZ8501: debris found; bodies retrieved

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Indonesian officials have said that debris sighted off Kalimantan coast is likely to be from missing AirAsia jet.

“The debris is red and white,” Djoko Murjatmodjo, acting director-general of air transportation at the Transportation Ministry, told reporters. “We are checking if it’s debris from the aircraft. It’s probably from the body of the aircraft.”

Flight QZ8501 went missing after air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft about 45 minutes after it left Juanda international airport at Surabaya in East Java at 5.20am on Sunday (22:20 GMT Saturday).

Shortly before disappearing, AirAsia said the pilot of the plane had asked permission from air traffic control to change course and climb above bad weather in an area noted for severe thunderstorms.

The search for the plane carrying 162 people, is now in its third day.

During early reports, some have gone as far as to say they have seen a body  

A human body has been found in the search zone of the missing AirAsia flight, Indonesian Air Forces have stated, according to media reports. Objects resembling parts of plane were seen in the same area.

“There was a man swaying on the waves. After I looked at the photo carefully on my laptop, I understood it was a human body,” a lieutenant of the Indonesian Air Force told local media.

Meanwhile, Indonesian authorities are checking if what they saw are bodies or survivors, navy officials stated.

“Crew had visual of people at sea surface, not far from debris,” they said.

It comes after objects that resemble an emergency slide, plane door, and a square box-like item have been spotted 10km from the last position of the missing AirAsia jet, according to Indonesian authorities.

“We spotted about 10 big objects and many more small white-colored objects which we could not photograph,” Indonesian Air Force official Agus Dwi Putranto said at a press conference.

May their deaths have been instantaneous, and their suffering up to that point minimal.

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Indonesian Metro TV reported that they have found six bodies.  [by 10pm NZ time last night]

Several bodies found floating in waters where the Indonesian AirAsia flight went missing have been retrieved.

Officials who got off a helicopter in Pangkalan Bun, Surabaya confirmed this.

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