JAKARTA: None of the bodies found so far in the hunt for the downed Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 were wearing life jackets, an official from Indonesia's search and rescue agency (Basarnas) said on Wednesday, contradicting earlier reports that one of the bodies had a life jacket on.
"There was a victim, a man, and a life jacket. They were found apart. He was not wearing a life jacket," Basarnas operations deputy, Major-General Tatang Zaenuddin, was quoted as saying by a report on Detik.com news website.
"So far, none of the bodies had life jackets on."
Earlier, the official was cited as saying a body recovered from the crashed plane was wearing a life jacket, raising questions about how the disaster unfolded.
"This morning, we recovered a total of four bodies and one of them was wearing a life jacket," Tatang Zaenudin said according to Reuters. He declined to speculate on what the find might mean.
Most of those on board were Indonesians. No survivors have been found.
Earlier on Wednesday, Basarnas chief F. H. Bambang Soelistyo said that one female body recovered on Wednesday was dressed in an air stewardess' uniform.
The other three bodies retrieved on Wednesday were male, officials said.
Together with the two female and one male body recovered on Tuesday, it brings the total number of bodies recovered so far to seven - three female and four male.
Rescuers believe they have found the plane on the ocean floor off Borneo, after sonar detected a large, dark object beneath waters near where debris and bodies were found on the surface.
Ships and planes had been scouring the Java Sea for flight QZ8501 since Sunday, when it lost contact during bad weather about 40 minutes into its flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. - The Straits Times/ANN
AirAsia QZ8501: Indonesia search agency says one body was wearing life jacket