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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.

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December 30th, 2014
06:08 PM ET

Who were the victims of QZ8501?

(CNN) - The mysterious circumstances surrounding AirAsia Flight QZ8501 gave loved ones of the 162 people on board reason hope that somehow, some way, they would be found alive.

But now that debris and bodies have been found, that hope has given way to unbearable grief. Some family members even fainted when an Asian news channel broadcast live images of what appeared to be bodies floating in the water.

And as the harsh reality of this tragedy sets in, we're learning more about the mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, and young children who were on the doomed plane.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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December 30th, 2014
06:08 PM ET

Survivors' advocate on families still holding out hope

(CNN) - Heidi Snow, author of "Surviving Sudden Loss: Stories from those who have lived it," joins "The Lead" to discuss the difficult road ahead for the families of AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

Snow tragically lost her fiance in the crash of TWA Flight 800 back in 1996.  She's a founder of the support group "Access," which counsels families dealing with aviation tragedies.

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December 30th, 2014
06:00 PM ET

Experts: 'Mystified' by 'odd' flight debris field

(CNN) - Now that search crews have recovered some wreckage from AirAsia Flight QZ8501, they face the daunting task of trying to find the bodies of those who were on board, along with that all-important black box.

And even though the waters are relatively shallow, the mission won't be easy.

Tiburon Subsea Research president and submersible specialist Tim Taylor joined "The Lead" to discuss, along with CNN Aviation Analyst David Gallo.

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December 30th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Where does the ocean search go from here?

(CNN) - While the aerial search mission continues, divers as well as ships equipped with sonar technology are headed to what appears to be the crash zone to help find larger pieces of the plane, which could be somewhere near the bottom of the ocean.

CNN's Tom Foreman joins "The Lead" live from the virtual room to show us how this ocean search will probably play out.

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