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  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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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.

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.

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".

Joko Widodo ends his news conference without taking questions.

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

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

Indonesian President Joko Widodo begins news conference.

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.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrives for his news conference.

AirAsia has

posted the full statement on its Facebook page.

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

"Our first priority now is the wellbeing of the family members of those onboard QZ8501," says AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes.

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."

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

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

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."

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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


Heather Chen

#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.

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

Indonesian General Moeldoko


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

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.

"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.

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

Channel NewsAsia

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

Global ship tracking service Marine Traffic

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sumisha Naidu

Malaysia Correspondent, Channel NewsAsia



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

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.

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.

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.