Ships with sensitive sonar equipment found four large sections of AirAsia Flight 8501, Indonesian officials said Saturday.
The objects were found close together at 30 meters in the Java Sea in the sixth day of the operation. Officials told reporters that sonar located the plane parts, which are about 7.2 x 0.5 meters and 9.4 x 4.8 x 0.4 meters long. Weather conditions have stalled an effort to recover the objects.
At least 30 bodies of victims have been recovered, authorities said earlier.
Five of the victims were found still strapped in their seats, Indonesian navy official Col. Yayan Sofiyan said.
Bambang Soelistyo, head of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency, said the search would be stepped up as long as the weather allowed.
"We will focus on underwater detection," said Soelistyo, adding ships from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States had been on the scene from before dawn today to try to pinpoint the wreckage and the all-important black boxes, or the flight data and cockpit voice recorders.
The Airbus A320 crashed into the Java Sea Sunday with 162 people on board. A number of the bodies were found by a U.S. Navy ship, said Suryadi B. Supriyadi, operation coordinator for the National Search and Rescue Agency.