Indonesian authorities on Tuesday found floating debris and bodies, which they said are from the AirAsia flight that went missing over the weekend.

“AirAsia Indonesia regrets to inform that the National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia ... 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,” the airline said in a statement.


Television channels showed images of debris floating in the Karimata Strait — about 66 miles from the plane’s last known position — and state television showed bodies floating in the sea. The bodies did not appear to be wearing life jackets, according to reports.

Images appeared to show luggage and components of the plane floating on top of the water.

Authorities also said that they had found a larger portion of the fuselage of the plane, The New York Times reported.

“My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501,” AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes said on Twitter. “On behalf of AirAsia my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.”

The plane disappeared over the weekend when it lost contact with air traffic controllers about an hour after it took off from Surabaya, Indonesia.

The black box and the cockpit voice recorder from the plane, which are likely to provide more detail on how the plane crashed, have yet to be recovered.

After the disappearance, authorities launched a massive search and rescue operation that on Monday grew to include assistance from the United States.