Bodies have been recovered near where the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 plane went missing while a “shadow” has been spotted on the seabed.
According to a Sky news report, the bodies – which were not wearing life jackets – have been brought on board a navy ship, Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Director SB Supriyadi, confirmed.
Local television broadcast pictures of the bodies floating in the sea.
“At 12:50 the air force Hercules found an object described as a shadow at the bottom of the sea in the form of a plane,” said Mr Supriyadi.
The bodies were found about 6 miles from where the plane last communicated with air traffic control.
Officials also confirmed that large items spotted earlier, including items resembling a plane door and an emergency slide, were part of the plane.
AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes said he was rushing to the scene and wrote on Twitter: “My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501.
“On behalf of AirAsia my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.”
The Airbus A320-200 disappeared from radar on Sunday on its way from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore.
The aircraft’s last request – to climb higher to avoid a storm – was turned down but minutes later it fell off the radar.
Some 30 ships and 21 aircraft from South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and Indonesia have been scouring 10,000 nautical miles in the search for the plane.