Indonesia recovers 40 bodies at sea from missing AirAsia plane

An Indonesian search and rescue team prepares to search at sea on December 30.

An Indonesian search and rescue team prepares to search at sea on December 30.

More than 40 bodies have been reportedly found in the area where the missing AirAsia last made contact with air traffic controllers.

Sky News also reports that the “shadow” of a plane has been spotted on the seabed.

The bodies were found in the Java Sea six miles from Flight 8501’s last known contact. The plane disappeared Sunday with 162 people on board traveling from Surbaya, Indonesia to Singapore.

The three bodies were initially recovered by an Indonesian navy ship and were not wearing life jackets.

Family members watched the graphic details unfold on local television. Indonesian television showed a half-naked bloated body bobbing in the sea. Many screamed and another man fainted and was rushed from the room on a stretcher.

CEO of AirAsia offered his condolences in a message on his Twitter account.

Indonesia officials confirmed early Tuesday that ‘victims’ were spotted in the area where the plane disappeared. Officials also said they found a life jacket and an emergency door and were “95-percent” sure that the debris belonged to the doomed plane.

AirAsia Flight 8501, an Airbus A320-200, was carrying 162 people before it disappeared Sunday after seeking permission to divert its course due to impending severe weather.

Indonesia search-and-rescue chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo speculated Monday that the plane was “at the bottom of the sea.”