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December 30th, 2014
06:19 PM ET

Report from Indonesia: families distraught at discovery

(CNN) - The heartbreaking discovery of bodies and debris all but confirmed the absolute worst happened to AirAsia Flight 8501.

The search for the plane continues with crews working through the night, though the effort may have turned from search and rescue into search and recovery. Indonesian teams pulled three bodies, two women and one man, from the Java Sea, according to the head of that country's search and rescue agency, with whom CNN's Jake Tapper spoke earlier today.

Spotters in a military plane also spied and collected pieces of debris floating in the water below, just sixty miles from the flight's last known location. Now, per AirAsia, all the search teams are focusing their efforts around that site in the Karimata Strait, with divers and ships with sonar combing the ocean floor hoping to find the main cabin of the plane.

Earlier today, the company's CEO Tony Fernandes confirmed the mangled piece of floating steel discovered today was from AirAsia Flight 8501. Fernandes said his focus and his airline's resources will remain on recovering the plane and its passengers. And with that, hopefully providing some closure for anguished loved ones still waiting to find out for sure what happened to their family members.

CNN's Andrew Stevens joins "The Lead" live from Surabaya, Indonesia to discuss.

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