- At least six bodies spotted floating in the sea off coast of Borneo Island
- Three bodies recovered from the water by Indonesian naval vessel
- Local television showed at least one bloated corpse floating in water
- Footage caused relatives watching live news stream to burst into tears
- Air Asia Airbus A320-200 vanished on Sunday with 162 people aboard
Teams searching for the missing AirAsia flight 8501 have found up to six dead bodies, luggage, a plane door and an emergency slide floating in the water off the coast of Borneo Island.
Indonesian officials coming off a helicopter said they spotted a numerous bodies floating in the water, adding that as many as 10 items may have been located - including what might be a life raft, life jackets and long orange tubes.
Images shown on Indonesian television showed at least one bloated corpse floating in the water, causing many of victims' relatives - who were watching live reports at crisis-centre at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya - to burst into tears, and at least one woman to collapse in grief.
Three of the bodies, none of which were wearing life jackets - have already been removed from the water, were taken to an Indonesian navy ship.
The Airbus A320-200 was travelling from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore when it vanished on Sunday, with 162 people aboard.
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The bodies were found in the Java Sea about six miles from Flight 8501's last communications with air traffic control.
The plane with 162 people on board disappeared on its way from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore after encountering storm clouds.
The three recovered bodies, swollen but intact, were taken to an Indonesian navy ship, National Search and Rescue Director SB Supriyadi told reporters in the nearest town, Pangkalan Bun.
The victims were not wearing life jackets.
Images on Indonesian television showed a half-naked bloated body bobbing in the sea. Search and rescue teams were lowered on ropes from a hovering helicopter to retrieve the corpses.
As family members of the plane's passengers sat together in a waiting room at Surabaya airport, they watched the graphic details on television.
Many screamed and wailed uncontrollably, breaking down in tears while they squeezed each other. One middle-aged man collapsed and was rushed from the room on a stretcher.
The discovery came after several pieces of red, white and black debris were spotted in the Java Sea near Borneo island.
AirAsia group chief executive Tony Fernandes said on Twitter: 'My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501. On behalf of AirAsia my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.'
There were no immediate reports of any survivors, although the presence of a life raft might raise hopes people survived the crash.
Mr Agus said the photographs would have to be studied in detail, but officials said they were growing increasingly confident the debris was from the aircraft.
The discovery of the items has led to an increased concentration of aircraft and ships in the area amid faint hopes there might be survivors.
'Let's pray that those objects are what we are really trying to find,' said Mr Agus.
An AFP photographer on the same air force flight said he had seen objects resembling a life raft, life jackets and long orange tubes.
Kompass TV in Indonesia showed pictures of what appeared to be large angular objects floating in the sea, one coloured orange, another coloured grey or brown.
The Straits Times in Singapore said Metro TV was reporting the items were 'not usually seen on the sea surface'.
The aircraft that spotted the objects was flying at 500 feet above sea level.
A helicopter was on its way to have a closer look at the debris, which is east of where the plane was last detected.
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