Relatives of AirAsia Jet Passengers Despondent Over Grim News

PHOTO: Family members of passengers aboard AirAsia flight QZ8501 react after watching news reports inside the crisis center set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, Indonesia on Dec. 30, 2014. PlayManan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images
WATCH AirAsia Jet Passengers' Relatives in Agony Over Grim News

Relatives of passengers on downed AirAsia jetliner QZ8501 were despondent as they learned of the plane’s fate today, weeping and screaming as news of the wreckage emerged.

Many of the relatives – gathered at Indonesia’s Surabaya Airport – found out about the developments from TV updates. Indonesian television showed a body floating in the Java Sea, an image that sent a spasm of pain through family members watching together in a waiting room at the Surabaya airport.

PHOTO: Family members of passengers onboard the missing air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 react after watching news reports inside the crisis center set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on Dec. 30, 2014.Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images
Family members of passengers onboard the missing air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 react after watching news reports inside the crisis center set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on Dec. 30, 2014.

Many screamed and wailed uncontrollably, breaking down into tears while they squeezed each other. One middle-aged man collapsed and had to be carried out on a stretcher.

PHOTO: A relative of passengers on AirAsia flight QZ 8501 receives medical attention as he collapses at the breaking news of debris and bodies being found on Dec. 30, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images
A relative of passengers on AirAsia flight QZ 8501 receives medical attention as he collapses at the breaking news of debris and bodies being found on Dec. 30, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Bambang Soelistyo, the head of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency, acknowledged passengers’ relatives in a news conference today.

"I put myself in the shoes of the families who have lost loved ones,” Soelistyo said.

PHOTOS: Search for AirAsia Flight 8501

The jetliner crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people aboard, AirAsia Indonesia confirmed Tuesday.

PHOTO: Relatives of passengers of the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 wait at the crisis center at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, Indonesia, Dec. 30, 2014. Firdia Lisnawati/AP Photo
Relatives of passengers of the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 wait at the crisis center at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, Indonesia, Dec. 30, 2014.

Three bodies were retrieved Tuesday in water less than 100 feet deep, officials said. Retrieval efforts were slowed by poor weather conditions.

Flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200, was carrying 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots, 4 cabin crews and one engineer, according to the airline.