Surabaya, Indonesia (CNN) - Indonesian searchers battling bad weather in their efforts to find more remains from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 have so far recovered 10 bodies from the sea, officials said Wednesday.
A day after the first bits of debris from the commercial jet were spotted afloat off the coast of Borneo, the search operation was hampered Wednesday by big waves, strong winds and heavy rain. Helicopters scanning for signs of wreckage and victims were halted in their search, while ships continued combing the waters. It was unclear how long aerial operations would be held up.
Answers about why the aircraft, with 162 people on board, fell from the sky Sunday remained elusive.
Among the 7 bodies recovered so far was that of a woman wearing a flight attendant's uniform, said Bambang Soelistyo, Indonesia's national search and rescue chief.
"Reality of seeing the evacuees and some of my aircraft parts are soul destroying," AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted. The air executive also put to rest rumors of a survivor found in a life jacket, saying that only the life jacket was found in the water.