1/ 12 Indonesian Navy ship KRI Yos Sudarso takes part in the search operation for missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501, as seen from an Indonesian Hercules aircraft, south of Pangkalan Bun, central Kalimantan. Reuters Indonesia army soldiers walk near a Hercules C-130 as they wait for good weather before continuing with search operations for passengers onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501, at Iskandar airbase in Pangkalan Bun district, Indonesia. Reuters Indonesian Search and Rescue crews unload one of two bodies of AirAsia passengers recovered from the sea at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, central Kalimantan on 31 December 2014. Reuters Search and rescue team members run as carry the dead body of a passenger onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501 at Iskandar airbase in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia. Reuters Relatives point at the name of their family member on a list of passengers onboard AirAsia flight Qz8501c at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya. Reuters A member of an Indonesian Hercules C130 aircrew watches through a window while monitoring the Belitung Timur sea during search operations for AirAsia flight QZ8501 near Belitung island. Reuters Relatives of passengers onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501 pray together in a waiting area at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya. Reuters Authorities monitor progress in the search for AirAsia Flight QZ8501 in the Mission Control Center inside the National Search and Rescue Agency in Jakarta. Reuters An Indonesian, whose wife is a passenger onboard the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, makes a phone call at a waiting area in Juanda International Airport, Surabaya. Reuters Family members of passengers onboard missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 cry at a waiting area in Juanda International Airport, Surabaya. Reuters Louis Sidharta, a 25-year-old Indonesian whose fiance was onboard the AirAsia flight QZ8501, speaks to the media at a waiting area for next-of-kin and relatives at Changi Airport in Singapore. Reuters Family members of passengers onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501 react at a waiting area in Juanda International Airport, Surabaya. Reuters
The Indonesian Civil Aviation has confirmed that debris from the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 were found in the Java Sea on the third day of search operations.
So far, seven bodies have been recovered -- four men and three women -- and one of the bodies reportedly was wearing a life jacket.
The AirAsia flight, with 162 passengers onboard, lost contact with the air traffic control at 7:24 am on Sunday, 28 December, on the way from Indonesia to Singapore.
"AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact at 07:24 hrs this morning," AirAsia tweeted on Sunday.
The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC, reportedly carrying 149 Indonesians, one Singaporean, one British, one Malaysian and three Koreans, apart from seven crew members - six Indonesians and a French co-pilot.
Massive search operations have been initiated to track the missing flight, and various theories are doing the rounds. Many believe that tropical thunderstorms are most likely the reason for a possible damage to the flight.