seven bodies from the sea, officials said.
A day after the first bits of debris from the commercial jet were spotted afloat off the coast of Borneo, the search operation was hampered Wednesday by big waves, strong winds and heavy rain.
And answers about why the aircraft, with 162 people on board, fell from the sky Sunday remained elusive.
Seven bodies -- four men and three women -- have been recovered from the water so far, said Indonesia's national search and rescue chief, Bambang Soelistyo. One of the women found was wearing a flight attendant's uniform, he said.
"Reality of seeing the evacuees and some of my aircraft parts are soul destroying," AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted.