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Bodies, plane debris pulled from Indonesian waters

(AP) Officials say bodies and plane debris being pulled from the Java Sea are from AirAsia Flight 8501, which vanished Sunday in rough weather while on a two-hour flight from Indonesia to Singapore.

News 12 Staff

Dec 30, 2014, 9:39 PM

Updated 3,459 days ago

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(AP) Officials say bodies and plane debris being pulled from the Java Sea are from AirAsia Flight 8501, which vanished Sunday in rough weather while on a two-hour flight from Indonesia to Singapore.



Local TV has been showing rescue workers being lowered on ropes from a hovering helicopter to retrieve bodies. They're working against rough waves and strong winds. Several bodies already have been picked up by a navy ship.



Searchers found what appeared to be a life jacket and an emergency exit door. Part of the plane's interior, including an oxygen tank, was brought to the nearest town, along with a bright blue plastic suitcase. Searchers believe they've spotted more wreckage in the relatively shallow water, no more than 100 feet deep, near Indonesia's Borneo Island.



Relatives of those on board screamed and wailed as they saw TV images of the recovery effort, including the body of a man floating in the water.



There were 162 passengers and crew on the plane.


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