Indonesian rescuers searching for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people, recovered bodies and debris from the sea off the coast of Borneo on Tuesday. Forty bodies had been found and the plane has yet to be found.
Indonesia AirAsia’s Flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200, lost contact with air traffic control early on Sunday during bad weather on a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.
“My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ8501,” airline boss Tony Fernandes tweeted. “On behalf of AirAsia, my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.”
The airline releases a : where a dedicated team of care providers will be assigned to each family to ensure that all of their needs are met”.
A navy spokesman said a plane door, oxygen tanks and one body had been recovered and taken away by helicopter for tests.
About 30 ships and 21 aircraft from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and the United States have been involved in the search.
According to officials “The plane, which did not issue a distress signal, disappeared after its pilot failed to get permission to fly higher to avoid bad weather because of heavy air traffic. Investigators are focusing initially on whether the crew took too long to request permission to climb, or could have ascended on their own initiative earlier, said a source close to the probe, adding that poor weather could have played a part as well.”