According to reports, Indonesian search and rescue officials have confirmed that more than one body has been found in the sea, while a navy spokesman said teams had so far recovered one body, plus a plane door and oxygen tanks.
Pictures of floating bodies were broadcast on television and relatives of the missing gathered at a crisis centre in Surabaya wept with heads in their hands. Several people collapsed in grief and were helped away, a Reuters reporter said.
“You have to be strong,” the mayor of Surabaya, Tri Rismaharini, said as she comforted relatives. “They are not ours, they belong to God.”