They have recovered at least 30 bodies.
And now Indonesian search and rescue teams hunting for the wreck of an AirAsia passenger jet have located two “big objects” around 30 metres underwater in the Java Sea.
As divers and remote equipment were gathered to take a closer look, for families of the 162 people on board the Airbus A320-200, the grim reality of this disaster is only too clear. No survivors have been found.
Recovering the remains of loved ones is important but so too is solving the mystery of what caused Sunday’s tragedy. In that respect, finding the aircraft wreckage and its black box flight recorders are crucial.
Investigators are working on a theory that the plane stalled as it climbed steeply to avoid a storm about 40 minutes into a flight that should have lasted two hours.
It was en route from Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya to Singapore.
Aircraft have been combing the sea and shoreline off Borneo for wreckage, hoping to take advantage of a brief break in bad weather that has hampered the search.
On board Flight QZ8501 were 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans, and one person each from Singapore, Malaysia and Britain. The co-pilot was French.