Indonesian rescuers believe they have discovered the wreckage of missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, with the recovery of seven bodies, including wearing a life jacket, in the Java Sea, while sonar images showed a large, dark object underwater yesterday.
"It's about 30 to 50 metres underwater," Hernanto, an official with Indonesia's search and rescue agency, said of the object on the sea bed.
Crews are standing by to collect and identify bodies from the plane that crashed on Sunday during bad weather on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore.
"We are praying it is the plane so the evacuation can be done quickly," Hernanto said.
Three bodies were retrieved on Tuesday, while the others were found after the search resumed on Wednesday morning, said Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo. But bad weather is making the recovery operation difficult.
One Hong Kong resident is believed to be among the 162 victims, most of whom are Indonesian.