The tail of a crashed AirAsia plane has been found upturned on the sea bed in the Java Sea about 30 km (20 miles) from the plane's last known location.
Bambang Soelistyo, head of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency, told local media Wednesday that "a geo survey ship has found other objects this morning.
AirAsia’s CEO Tony Fernandes soon tweeted: "I am led to believe the tail section has been found. If right part of tail section then the black box should be there."
"We need to find all parts soon so we can find all our guests to ease the pain of our families. That still is our priority."
On discovering the section, a remote-controlled submersible was immediately lowered into the waters alongside a team of divers to take pictures of the wreckage including the tail.
Flight QZ8501 vanished from radar screens over the northern Java Sea on Dec. 28, less than half-way into a two-hour flight from Indonesia's second-biggest city of Surabaya to Singapore. There were no survivors among the 162 people on board.
Forty bodies and debris from the plane have been plucked from the surface of the waters off Borneo, but strong winds and high waves have been hampering divers' efforts to reach larger pieces of suspected wreckage detected by sonar on the sea floor.