Over 40 Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Crash Site by Indonesian Rescue Team

© REUTERS / Darren WhitesideA crew member on an Indonesian Maritime Surveillance plane checks a map during a search for AirAsia's Flight QZ8501 north of Bangka island December 30, 2014
A crew member on an Indonesian Maritime Surveillance plane checks a map during a search for AirAsia's Flight QZ8501 north of Bangka island December 30, 2014 - Sputnik International
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Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) workers have recovered more than 40 bodies floating in the Java Sea, three of them have been lifted by the team, according to Al Arabiya.

MOSCOW, December 30 (Sputnik) — Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) workers have discovered more than 40 bodies floating in the Java Sea most likely from AirAsia flight QZ8501, an Indonesian Air Force commander said Tuesday.

"Three bodies have been lifted by a team on the Bung Tomo ship," VIVAnews military portal quoted Air Force Commander Jhonson Simatupang as saying at the military base near the city of Pangkalan Bun.

According to Simatupang, the bodies are scattered a good distance from one another.

Navy soldiers work on a map of Indonesia monitoring all Navy ships from Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia involved in the joint search and rescue operation for AirAsia flight QZ8501 at a navy base on Batam island, December 29, 2014 - Sputnik International
Plane Wreckage, Body Found Near AirAsia Search Zone
Earlier on Tuesday, a body spotted in the search zone by an Indonesian Air Force pilot was airlifted on a Basarnas helicopter.

Debris from the AirAsia Airbus are scattered in a five-kilometer (4.5 miles) zone at the entrance to the Karimat Strait, an area dividing the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesian VIVAnews agency reported, citing the Head of Basarnas.

AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, flying from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday morning. The Airbus A320-200 was carrying 155 passengers, mostly Indonesians, and seven crew members.

The missing plane, en route above the Java Sea, did not transmit distress signals prior to its disappearance from radar screens.

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