Wreckage spotted floating in Indonesian waters today belongs to the missing AirAsia jetliner that crashed into the Java Sea on Sunday with 162 people aboard, according to the airline.
“AirAsia Indonesia regrets to inform that The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) today confirmed that the debris found earlier today is indeed from QZ8501, the flight that had lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of 28th December 2014,” the airline said in a statement.
Indonesian officials have downgraded the number of bodies they say have been retrieved — from six to three — belonging to two women and one man.
Bambang Soelistyo, the head of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency, said retrieval efforts were slowed by weather conditions and will continue through the night and into Wednesday.
Soelistyo said a shadow in the shape of a plane had also been spotted in the water.
The items were spotted near the site where air traffic control lost contact with the plane. The water is less than 100 feet deep in the area where the objects were found, officials said.