Indonesian officials said they were “95 percent sure” the debris found near where AirAsia flight QZ8501 was last captured by radar is from the missing jet, Reuters reported. “In a number of photos, there appears to be at least a few fragments. Each fragment is brown and rectangular in shape, silver-colored elongated rods as well as black and red flakes,” Indonesian air force official Agus Dwi Putranto, said during a press conference earlier in the day. The news was initially reported in a tweet by AFP, which said items resembling an emergency slide and plane door had been spotted.
“10 big objects” had been seen 10 kilometers from the location the plane was last captured by radar, AFP said. Some objects spotted in the search area resemble suitcases, buoys, aircraft debris and a body, the co-pilot of one of the search aircraft said, local Indonesian media Kompas TV reported online. Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry said it strongly suspects the fragments are part of the plane. Earlier on Tuesday, AirAsia said it would fly passengers’ families over a patch of ocean where the plane is thought to have crashed.
The flight carrying 162 people—including 155 passengers, two pilots, one engineer and four cabin crew—to Singapore from Surabaya, Indonesia went missing early Sunday. The search for the plane has been challenging amid difficult weather conditions – including heavy rains and thunderstorms – which are suspected to have played a role in the flight’s sudden disappearance. This story is developing. Please check back for further updates.