Indonesia's military and police said on Monday (January 5) they would not give up their search for bodies and wreckage from the AirAsia crash, despite harsh weather and sea conditions persistently hampering the search.

In Pangkalan Bun, the city where the search and rescue team is based, three more bodies of passengers of flight QZ8501 were airlifted to shore, increasing the number of recovered bodies to 37.

The plane carrying 162 passengers crashed into the sea on December 28, about 40 minutes after taking off from Indonesia's second-largest city Surabaya en route for Singapore. There were no survivors.

Nine ships from four countries have converged on the area off the coast of Borneo island to help in the search, which has been severely hampered by bad weather over the past week.