Due to favourable weather conditions, the search team's helicopter was able to retrieve the two bodies from the Indonesian warship KRI Banda Aceh, which was in the waters near Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan. "The other five bodies are now being evacuated. Hopefully, the team will be able to move the bodies from the ship," Soelistyo said. As many as 168 coffins have been made available in Pangkalan Bun for bringing the bodies to Surabaya.
Earlier in the day, Indonesian officials said that sonar has detected wreckage from the plane at the bottom of the Java sea. The officials were, however, unsure whether the aircraft was in one piece or has disintegrated. As many as 17 helicopters and nine aircraft were deployed on the fourth day of the search operation. Other vessels, including three warships and two survey ships equipped with underwater detectors, were on their way to the crash site to join the hunt for the plane's black boxes.
Soelistyo told a press conference Tuesday that an Indonesian Air Force C-130 Hercules saw a "shadow" under water, believed to be that of the AirAsia plane. Meanwhile, Jakarta-based Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has predicted moderate to high intensity rainfall in the search area Thursday. Besides the rainfall, waves in the search area can reach one to three meters in height, BMKG spokesman Fachri Radjab said, Antara reported.