Several victims have been recovered from the search zone of the missing AirAsia flight, the Indonesian Navy stated. Objects resembling parts of the plane, as well as the alleged plane shadow underwater, were seen in the same area.
Air Force Hercules C130 copilot Lt. Tri Wibowo, who flew on Tuesday over waters near Pangkalan Bun in Central Kalimantan in the search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, said that he saw dozens of floating bodies as well as bags and aircraft debris.
“We thought that the passengers were still alive and waved at us for help. But when we approached closer [we saw] they were already dead,” said Tri as quoted by kompas.com.
The Transportation Ministry earlier confirmed that white and red debris found near Pangkalan Bun belonged to the ill-fated flight, which vanished on Sunday en route to Singapore from Indonesia’s second-biggest city of Surabaya in East Java.
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.
The sea depth where the debris was found is between 25 and 30 meters, so divers will be used in the recovery operation, Indonesian search and rescue agency BASARNAS stated.