SURABAYA, INDONESIA – Grief and reality for the families of the passengers and crew of AirAsia Flight 8501 as recovery crews return bodies for identification.
So far, they’ve brought back only 7 out of the 162 on board when the plane crashed into the Java Sea Sunday.
“I believe most of them, are still inside the aircraft and they have their safety belts buckled. We hope that the evacuation process will go fast,” said Mohammed Hernanto, Chief of Search and Rescue Agency.
However, bad weather stopped the search for bodies and the wreckage, and there’s no word on when the weather will clear enough for the operation to resume.
Meantime, authorities set up a center where relatives can bring information to help identify the bodies, and a special area for memorial services for the loved ones who will not be coming home.
Now, it’s just a matter of waiting to see with their eyes what their hearts already know.