Family and friends react to the heartbreaking news of bodies found. Photos: AirAsia.com Tweet, Google Images
Bad weather over the Java Sea is hindering the search and recovery of Air Asia Flight QZ on New Year’s Eve. The plane with 162 people aboard vanished over the Java Sea on Sunday morning after it departed Surabaya, Indonesia and was headed to Singapore. Seven more bodies have been recovered and are being taken to an air force base in Surabaya. Air Asia Indonesia said the debris found is from the flight in a statement on Dec. 30th.
“Air Asia Indonesia regrets to inform that the National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia today (Dec. 30, 2014) confirmed that the debris found earlier today is indeed flight QZ 8501, the flight that had lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of the 28th December 2014. The debris of the aircraft was found in the Karimata Strait around 110 nautical miles southwest of Pangkatan Bun.”
The international search effort involves trying to recover more bodies, aircraft parts and the plane’s black boxes while relatives and friends of the missing still hold hope that some may have survived the plane crash 4 days ago.
On Sunday, air traffic controllers lost contact with Air Asia Flight QZ 8501 after the plane’s pilot asked to change course and climb from 32,000 feet to 38,000 feet because of stormy weather. Air traffic controllers didn’t approve the higher altitude immediately because of 6 other planes were in the higher airspace. Flight QZ 8501 stayed at the lower altitude and minutes later, disappeared from radar with no distress call or signal.
The United States, Singapore, Malaysia and other countries are contributing resources to aid in the search and recovery effort. The U.S.S. Sampson already is involved. The U.S.S. Fort Worth is prepared to leave Singapore to join in the search. U.S. maritime aircraft also are being deployed to help find and recover bodies and the missing aircraft.
Sources: USA Today, CNN.com, http://qz8501.airasia.com/index.html