“I predict there are no survivors, based on body parts found so far.”
Most of the victims' bodies have yet to be recovered, but the main section of the plane that crashed into the sea on December 28 has now been located.
Indonesian investigators also suggested the plane may have exploded directly before impact, though another official from the country suggested that was mere speculation.
The first significant piece of wreckage to be located, the portion of the plane's tail section could contain its voice and flight data recorders, helping investigators determine what caused it to crash on December 28.
Search operation for jet which disappeared over Java Sea enters second day as hopes fade for its 162 passengers and crew.
The search for the missing AirAsia plane with 162 people on board has been halted as authorities wait until morning.