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Summary

  1. Rescuers begin pulling bodies and debris from water during search for missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501
  2. Officials confirm that they are from the missing flight
  3. Indonesian President Joko Widodo says search mission will continue, and will focus on recovering passengers and crew

Live Reporting

By Alastair Beach, Joe Boyle, Heather Chen, Anna Jones and Saira Asher

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    We're closing our live coverage of the disappearance of AirAsia Flight QZ8501. Thank you for joining us, and please continue to check our main news pages for all the latest updates.

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    Officials have said another AirAsia plane was involved in an incident on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press news agency. A plane with 159 passengers and crew members on board overshot a runway after landing in the Philippines. Photos about the incident emerged on social media earlier on Tuesday.

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    Joko Widodo's news conference was light on detail, and he did not mention any possible cause for the crash. He said he shared the feelings of relatives of those lost in the accident, and urged them to stay strong in the face of this "difficult moment".

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    Joko Widodo ends his news conference without taking questions.

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    Joko Widodo: Thanks countries around the region for helping with the search for the plane.

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    Joko Widodo: Search and rescue operation will continue, and all teams must focus on finding passengers and crew.

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    Indonesian President Joko Widodo begins news conference.

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    Najib Razak

    Malaysian Prime Minister

    tweets: On behalf of all Malaysians, I extend my deepest condolences to the families of those on Air Asia Indonesia QZ8501. We share your sorrow.

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    Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrives for his news conference.

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    Messages of support for the relatives and passengers of AirAsia flight have been posted inside Terminal Two at Singapore Changi Airport.

    Messages of support for the relatives and passengers of Airasia flight QZ8501 are displayed inside terminal 2 at Changi international airport in Singapore on December 30, 2014. T
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    "Our first priority now is the wellbeing of the family members of those onboard QZ8501," says AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes.

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    The AirAsia statement continues: "At the present time, search and rescue operations are still in progress and further investigation of the debris found at the location is still under way."

  13. BreakingBreaking News

    AirAsia says Indonesian rescuers have confirmed that the debris found earlier is from Flight QZ8501.

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    A reminder that Indonesian President Joko Widodo is expected to hold a news conference within the next 30 minutes.

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    Erik van Sebille, an oceanographer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, tells AP that if conditions were perfect, the sea is shallow enough that searchers could probably spot any large debris using only their eyesight: "It's a much different environment than the open ocean."

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    Rescue teams scouring the waters of the Java Sea say the area's shallow waters will make recovery efforts much easier, reports the Associated Press news agency.

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    Alice Budisatrijo

    BBC News, Surabaya

    Relatives waiting at Juanda International Airport in Indonesia screamed and wailed as local television networks showed pictures of what clearly was a human body floating in the water. Grown men put their hands on their faces while at least two people collapsed and were taken out of the room on stretchers.

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    Millions of Indonesians have been showing solidarity with families and friends of those on board the AirAsia flight.

    An Indonesian woman lays flowers as people pray for passengers of the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Malang, East Java on December 30
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    Tom Phillips

    Telegraph correspondent in Surabaya

    tweets: Indonesian president expected here at Surabaya airport to meet families in 1 hour after visiting #QZ8501 crash site

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    Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen says on Facebook that he is sending several vessels to the area where bodies and debris have been found.

  21. Waiting for news

    Desperate relatives pray together in Surabaya's airport, as news of the discovery of debris and bodies filters through.

    Family members of passengers onboard missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 pray together while waiting for a briefing inside the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on December 30
  22. #PrayForAirAsia

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    #AirAsia8501, #PrayForAirAsia and #QZ8501 continue to dominate Twitter in Indonesia, one of the world's largest social media markets. Twitter users are also expressing their condolences and support for family members of the AirAsia passengers.

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    Reuters news agency also quoting Indonesian official Manahan Simorangkir saying 40 bodies have been recovered.

  24. Indonesian General Moeldoko

    @GeneralMoeldoko

    tweets: Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the victims and families of the Air Asia disaster QZ8501

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    Alice Budisatrijo

    BBC News, Surabaya

    tweets: Very difficult to hear the screaming and crying relatives. They've been waiting for a miracle, but had to watch the worst possible news.

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    "Based on the navy radio, it has been reported that the warship Bung Tomo has retrieved 40 bodies and the number is growing," Indonesian navy spokesman Manahan Simorangkir told AFP.

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    AFP news agency also reporting 40 bodies pulled from the sea.

  28. Channel NewsAsia

    tweets: UPDATE: Indonesian warship Bun Tomo has retrieved 40 bodies, number is growing, says navy spokesman.

  29. Global ship tracking service Marine Traffic

    tweets: Heavy vessel traffic in the AirAsia QZ8501 search area, from US warships to fishing boats

  30. Singapore's Changi Airport

    tweets: We are saddened to hear the latest news of #QZ8501. We are working closely with @AirAsia on travel arrangements for the next-of-kin.

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    Rupert Wingfield-Hayes

    BBC News, Jakarta

    says officials are still saying that they are 95% certain that they have found the plane. But the debris found and the sight of bodies in the water appears to be conclusive, he says.

  32. Post update

    If you're just joining us, this is our live coverage of the search for missing airliner AsiaAir flight QZ8501. It went missing on Sunday on what should have been a short, routine flight from Indonesia to Singapore. Debris and what appear to be bodies have now been found in the Java sea, leading officials to confirm with almost certainty that the flight crashed into the Java sea.

  33. Ros Atkins

    BBC Presenter

    tweets: #QZ8501 & #AirAsia8501 the most useful hashtags for latest info on debris and bodies being sighted. But be warned there are graphic images.

  34. Sumisha Naidu

    Malaysia Correspondent, Channel NewsAsia

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    tweets this image of search and rescue teams preparing to leave for Pangkalan Bun with equipment.

  35. Tom Phillips

    Telegraph Correspondent in Indonesia

    tweets: The Indonesian president is on his way to Surabaya to meet with #QZ8051 families I'm told

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    Family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 react after watching news reports showing an unidentified body floating in the Java sea, inside the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on December 30, 2014.
    Family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 react after watching news reports showing an unidentified body floating in the Java sea, inside the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on December 30, 2014

    Family members, some of whom have been waiting for news at the airport in Surabaya since Sunday, react after seeing images on local television of an unidentified body floating in the Java Sea.

  37. Tom Phillips

    Telegraph reporter in China

    tweets: Some truly horrific photos of victims at #QZ8051 crash site now being broadcast on Indonesian TV. 6 victims confirmed found.

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    Map of where they found debris

    A map was shown earlier at the press conference of which debris was spotted and where by search and rescue teams.

  39. Tony Fernandes

    Global CEO of AirAsia

    tweets: I am rushing to Surabaya. Whatever we can do at Airasia we will be doing.

  40. Channel NewsAsia

    tweets: We apologise for graphic images on our TV feed that were inadvertently shown from a live feed, taken directly from an Indonesian TV station.

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    Alice Budisatrijo

    BBC News, Surabaya

    "This is shocking news to relatives who have been waiting here since Sunday.

    "Just a short time ago, one man we spoke to said he was still hopeful the objects seen did not come from the missing aircraft, because his son was on board and he was hoping for a miracle. "

  42. Tony Fernandes

    Global CEO of AirAsia

    tweets: 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.

  43. Post update

    BBC teams at Juanda International airport in Surabaya have heard a woman or women crying and screaming from inside the relatives' crisis centre.

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    Here are the main points from the conference that just took place where the head of the Indonesian search and rescue agency, Bambang Sulistyo, was speaking. (All times are local)

    • 11:07 Indonesian Air Force Hercules found floating debris
    • 12:50 Indonesian Air Force Hercules found a shadow underwater, it is alleged to portray the shape of a plane
    • 13:25 Search team found a floating object which is alleged to be the body of a passenger
    • 13:50 Navy ship found an object assumed to be emergency exit door
    • 14:00 Navy ship was deployed to evacuate the assumed emergency exit door
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    The missing plane (file image

    This archive picture is of the missing plane. Officials say some of the debris seen is red and white, the colours of AirAsia.

  46. Post update

    BBC teams at the airport in Surabaya saw one female relative collapse after seeing what looked like a dead body on television. Another woman was barely able to walk, they say.

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    An unidentified object, found during a search and rescue operation by the Indonesian Air Force for the missing AirAsia plane, is seen floating in the ocean off the coast of Pangkalan Bun, Borneo, Indonesia, 30 December 2014.
    An unidentified object, found during a search and rescue operation by the Indonesian Air Force for the missing AirAsia plane, is seen floating in the ocean off the coast of Pangkalan Bun, Borneo, Indonesia, 30 December 2014.

    More pictures of unidentified debris seen off the coast of Pangkalan Bun during a search and rescue operation by the Indonesian Air Force.

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    Search and rescue chief Bambang Sulistyo said at the press conference that at 12:50 local time Indonesian air force Hercules found a shadow underwater, believed to be in the shape of a plane.

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    The Indonesia TV footage shows a rescue worker being winched down to the water to look at the body.

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    Indonesian TV broadcasts footage taken from a search aircraft of a body floating in the water.

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    Bambang Sulistyo says they are 95% sure the debris is from the missing plane. He added that all resources are now being sent to that area in order to recover and further identify the debris.

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    Speaking at a televised press conference the head of Indonesia's search and rescue agency says at least 10 objects have been found that appear to be from AirAsia flight, including what is thought to be the emergency door and life jackets.

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    Relatives at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya (30 Dec 2014)

    Relatives waiting at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya react to news that debris may have been found.

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    Sumisha Naidu

    Malaysia Correspondent, Channel NewsAsia

    tweets: Search and rescue officials are preparing for the worst, bringing body bags to Pangkal Bun

  55. Post update

    Indonesian media are reporting that bodies have been sighted in the water. First Lt Tri Wibowo told Kompas.com website that luggage and a life vest had also been seen.

  56. Post update

    Channel NewsAsia

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    tweets this photo: Anxious relatives at Crisis Centre in #Surabaya as news breaks that #QZ8501 debris found

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    This AFP image is making its rounds on social media, with users on Twitter sharing it and tweeting messages of sympathy and support for victims of air crash disasters in 2014.

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    Relatives have told BBC teams in Surabaya they are hoping the debris does not turn out to be the missing plane.

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    Debris is "from AirAsia plane" says Indonesian civil aviation chief, according to AFP.

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    Relatives at Surabaya airport, Indonesia (30 Dec 2014)

    Relatives of those on board the flight have had a miserable three days waiting for news. This woman was among those who have gathered daily at Juanda airport in Surabaya, where the plane took off on Sunday.

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    Indonesian officials earlier said they were sending teams to check out reports of smoke coming from an island in the search zone. However other officials later would not say whether this was connected to the plane.

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    Search and rescue officials in Jakarta are due to give a news briefing shortly on the objects and the search effort.

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    Indonesian air force official Agus Dwi Putranto told AFP: "We spotted about 10 big objects and many more small white-coloured objects which we could not photograph."

    "The position is 10 kilometres (six miles) from the location the plane was last captured by radar," he said.

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    Jon Ostrower

    Aerospace & Boeing Correspondent, Wall Street Journal

    tweets: Very, very interested to see more debris photos from that site. As of yet, photos released don't look like obvious airplane parts.

  65. Post update

    Map of the search area from Indonesian authorities

    Earlier today the search area was expanded to 13 zones including on land. The debris spotted is about about 170 km (105 miles) south of the town of Pangkalan Bun on Indonesian Borneo.

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    Local television in Indonesia

    Local television in Indonesia is showing pictures of the items at sea which are being investigated by Indonesian authorities.

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    Indonesia National Search and Rescue spokesman Yusuf Latif said a helicopter would sent to collect the debris. "This is the most significant finding, but we cannot confirm anything until the investigation is completed," the Associated Press quotes him as saying.

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    Indonesian transportation ministry official says aircraft searching for the missing jet have seen "red and white coloured debris off Kalimantan coast", Borneo, according to Reuters.

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    This aerial view taken from an Indonesian search and rescue aircraft over the Java Sea shows floating debris spotted in the same area as other items being investigated by Indonesian authorities as possible objects from missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 on December 30, 2014.
    This aerial view taken from an Indonesian search and rescue aircraft over the Java Sea shows floating debris spotted in the same area as other items being investigated by Indonesian authorities as possible objects from missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 on December 30, 2014.
    This aerial view taken from an Indonesian search and rescue aircraft over the Java Sea shows floating debris spotted in the same area as other items being investigated by Indonesian authorities as possible objects from missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 on December 30, 2014.

    An AFP journalist took these pictures of debris from a search and rescue aircraft over the Java Sea. This is the same area where other items are being investigated by Indonesian authorities as possible objects from the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501.

  70. Post update

    Welcome to our live coverage of the search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501. On day three of the search, Indonesian officials say debris which could come from the plane has been spotted in floating on the sea in the search area.