A horrifying scene unfolded as search and rescue teams discovered 40 bodies and debris in the Java Sea — both of which are believed to be from the missing AirAsia flight that was carrying 162 passengers.
Early Tuesday, Dec. 30, the Indonesian Navy confirmed that 40 bodies and multiple pieces of debris were uncovered inside one of the search zones for AirAsia‘s missing flight, QZ8501. Authorities have yet to confirm that the bodies and debris belong to the passengers or the missing airplane itself.
AirAsia’s Missing Flight: Bodies & Debris Found Floating In Sea
This is some very sad news for the families of the passengers who were on-board AirAsia’s Flight QZ8501.
During the early morning search efforts of the Indonesian Navy on Tuesday, Dec. 30, a horrifying discovery was made: at least 40 bloated bodies floating in the Java Sea, reports BBC News.
The bodies were found among many pieces of debris, including what appears to be the plane’s emergency exit slide, an unopened orange life raft, and other miscellaneous pieces.
Authorities have yet to confirm that any of these items or floating bodies belong to AirAsia’s missing flight, however it was all discovered inside one of the 13 designated search zones. So sad.
Families Outraged Over Bodies Shown On TV
Making matters even worse, an Indonesian news channel allegedly aired live images of the bodies as they were discovered floating in the Java Sea.
One image in particular shows what appears to be a mans lifeless body completely undressed with the exception of a pair of underwear. The body is obviously water-logged, which made an extremely disturbing site to the family members and friends who were watching and desperately hoping to hear good news.
When the images came across the screen, at least two people collapsed and had to be removed from the room on stretchers. Awful.
Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of all 162 passengers on-board AirAsia’s Flight QZ8501, which has been missing since Sunday, Dec. 28.
— Lauren Cox