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Families of the missing remain huddled in Surabaya, Indonesia, day after day, waiting for the grim news.
It's been a particularly difficult test of faith for a small group of worshippers. The group has only 45,000 congregants around Indonesia, and a local pastor says 46 members of the church boarded Flight 8501.
CNN's David Molko reports from Surabaya.
Searchers are racing to find traces of wreckage or oil slicks, anything that might lead them to the plane's resting place.
When the sun rises over the Java Sea in a couple of hours and day three of the search begins, it's still very much unclear what happened to AirAsia 8501.
Or even where it ended up. In fact, there are many questions about the flight's final minutes.
CNN's David Molko reports from Surabaya, Indonesia.
Near Perth, Australia (CNN) - A private company declared that it has found what it believes is wreckage of a plane in the ocean, but leaders of the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are dismissing the claim.
The reasons for the skepticism are obvious - the site where GeoResonance says it found the wreckage, in the Bay of Bengal, is several thousand miles away from the current search area in the southern Indian Ocean.
The Joint Agency Coordination Centre, which is coordinating the multinational search, dismissed the claim.
(CNN) - A prolonged undersea search for the missing Malaysian jetliner could cost nearly a quarter of a billion U.S. dollars if private companies are used, Australia's top transport official said Thursday.
Martin Dolan emphasized that the $234 million price tag is a "ballpark rough estimate" of an extended search and salvage mission.
Searchers seem to be preparing for the possibility that an underwater drone scan of the southern Indian Ocean may not yield immediate debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
If no traces of MH370 are found, officials will be forced to review the operation and find a way forward, the Malaysian acting transport minister said Thursday.