"Debris, Bodies Found in Search for Missing AirAsia Flight 8501"
Search and rescue teams have located the wreckage from AirAsia's flight 8501 that was traveling from Indonesia to Singapore. The wreckage and three bodies of deceased passengers were found in the Java Sea. The airplane is believed to largely be intact. The emergency door was found floating in the sea, indicating someone may have tried to exit the aircraft to avoid the incoming onslaught of waves.
The pilot of flight 8501 requested permission from air traffic controllers to deviate from his established flight plan, due to bad weather, but was denied. The plane went missing not long after. The plane was possibly struck by lightning, destabilizing its computer systems and components. Experts have stated there is technology present on planes to assist in navigating lightning storms, but some pilots do not know how to operate it.
The families and friends of the deceased collapsed in tears and grief when being told the sad news at the airport. Tony Fernandes, the CEO of AsiaAir stated, "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."