(RNN) - AirAsia has confirmed that debris found by rescue teams in the Java Sea belongs to the company's airliner, drawing the more than two day hunt for the plane to a close.
Search and rescue teams were lowered from helicopters into the seas where they gathered bodies and wreckage from the water. Multiple reports, citing the Indonesian navy, say up to 40 bodies have been recovered.
Family members of passengers onboard the airliner were called to meet with officials at the search headquarters in Surabaya, Indonesia, CNN reported.
The leader of AirAsia responded to the news.
"My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501," AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted on Tuesday. "On behalf of AirAsia my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am. I am rushing to Surabaya. Whatever we can do at Airasia we will be doing."
Flight 8501 was missing for more than two days. Bodies and wreckage were found about 100 miles from land and about six miles from the site where the plane last communicated, the Associated Press reported.
The AirAsia plane lost contact with air traffic control after taking off from Surabaya heading toward Singapore Sunday, Dec. 28 local time.
The Airbus A320-200 was carrying 162 people - 155 passengers and seven crew members.
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Tri-State and FOX19 NOW are rallying to help Lauren Hill reach her $1 million goal for cancer research by year's end.
She is about $200,000 away from that mark.
A telethon will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at The Cure Starts Now's Woodlawn location. Twelve phone lines will begin taking call-in donations at 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Donations can be made: online at
by calling 513-326-3845 or mailed to The Cure Starts Now; 10280 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45215.
Lauren is closing out 2014 with an incredible year of firsts, including her first collegiate basketball game played in front of thousands of supporters nationwide while battling a rare and terminal form of brain cancer called DIPG. She set the $1 million goal after that game.
“It is so incredibly rare to have such a selfless young lady who has engaged a nation to work together to reach such a vital goal as funding research for the homerun cure to all cancers. Lauren has done it with poise and resolve,” said Brooke Desserich, The Cure Starts Now founder and executive director.