By Caitlin Burke
CBN News — Recovery crews have spotted bloated bodies and debris floating in Indonesian waters Tuesday, bringing the search for the missing AirAsia flight that crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people aboard to a grim end.
Dismay, disbelief and heartbreak gripped family members of those on board AirAsia Flight 8501 as they heard the announcement that six bodies had been recovered.
Some wept, others prayed, and some were so overcome with grief they fainted and had to be taken out on stretchers.
“They believe that with their presence, with their prayer of the next of kin, that would help the search and rescue team to quickly find and locate the aircraft,” Sunu Widiatmoko, president of AirAsia Indonesia, said.
Ten additional pieces of debris have also been spotted in the search area off the coast of Indonesia.
Meanwhile, investigators are looking for answers to what what caused the jetliner to go down. Officials say they won’t have those answers until the plane’s black boxes are recovered.
Meanwhile, some travelers are thanking God they missed the doomed flight. At least 23 people were supposed to be on board the AirAsia flight but for various reasons did not get on the plane.
“Thank God. We were supposed to be on that flight on the 28th. It’s eerie.” AirAisa passenger Nicole Go said.
Another family of 10 planned to fly to Singapore for New Year’s Eve but they arrived late, missing the flight. They say that turned out to be a gift from God.
Chandra Susanto, another passenger, and his family cancelled their trip when their father got sick.
“Thank you, Jesus. Your plan is so beautiful. Our family avoided…awful danger,” he posted on Facebook.
Seven countries, including the United States, are now helping Indonesian crews in the recovery effort. Teams are diverting all their resources to the site where the debris was located.
Report via CBN News
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