It’s official: the wreckage and bodies found floating in the Java Sea have been confirmed as the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501. So sad.
On Tuesday, Dec. 30, multiple pieces of debris and at least 40 bodies were found floating in the Java Sea during a search and rescue by the Indonesian Navy. Now, authorities have confirmed that the wreckage does, in fact, belong to AirAsia‘s missing flight QZ8501.
AirAsia’s Flight QZ8501 Confirmed Found In Java Sea
Heartbreaking news for the family and friends of the 162 passengers onboard AirAsia Flight QZ8501.
Djoko Murjatmodjo from the Indonesia Transportation Ministry has confirmed that the debris found in the Java Sea does belong to Flight 8501, reports People.
“We’ve confirmed the wreckage was from the body of the plane,” Djoko announced to reporters in Jakarta on Tuesday, Dec. 30.
Reporters were also informed that originally, 6 bodies were found floating near Borneo Island. First Adm. Sigit Setiayanta from the Naval Aviation Center at Surabaya Air Force Base told reporters that those bodies were approximately 10 miles from the plane’s last known coordinates.
Authorities believe there is more wreckage underneath the water, which is relatively clear and very shallow — going only 65-100 feet under water.
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the passengers and crew of AirAsia’s Flight QZ8501.
— Lauren Cox