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Air Asia tragedy unfolded

Melbourne: Air Asia flight QZ8501 has been confirmed to crash in Java sea. Family members in Surabaya were left distraught, crying hysterically and even fainting when they saw the news coverage of the plane wreckage and the bodies floating in sea. The TV One reported the scenes with live coverage creating the hysteria with the family members. The news channel has apologised since. More than 48 hours after the Airbus A320-200 lost contact carrying 162 people to Singapore, aerial searchers spotted items in the Java Sea, which Indonesian officials said were from the plane. INDONESIA’S National Search and Rescue Agency chief confirmed that just three bodies have been recovered so far in the search for the AirAsia plane which crashed in the Java Sea, after another official said 40 had been found. The navy later confirmed that 40 bodies had been retrieved from the water. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo spoke during a press conference at the AirAsia crisis center at Juanda International Airport on December 30. AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes said he is experiencing an airline chief executive’s “worst nightmare” after wreckage and bodies were found in the search for Flight QZ8501. Speaking in Indonesia’s second-biggest city of Surabaya after meeting with distraught relatives of some of the 162 passengers, Fernandes said he “apologised profusely” for the accident. “The passengers were on my aircraft and I have to take responsibility for that,” he said, adding that he was focusing on supporting the families. “It’s an experience I never dreamt of happening and it’s probably an airline CEO’s worst nightmare,” Fernandes said on Tuesday. Australian Student on the ill fated plane The Herald Sun reports a Melbourne-based student was on-board the plane when it disappeared. Monash University student Kevin Alexander Soetjipto was travelling from Indonesia to Singapore with relatives when the plane vanished over the Java Sea. Mr Soetjipto is from Malang in Indonesia and it is believed he was in Australia on a student visa. PM of India offers condolences Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has conveyed his condolences to the families of those on Flight QZ8501. "Our thoughts are with the families of those on Flight QZ8501. We offer our condolences and stand firmly with them in this hour of grief", said the Prime Minister.

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