Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Photos: CONFIRMED! Search pilot reveals AirAsia #QZ8501 victims were found holding hands & 1 was wearing life jacket

Lord please, please take control, P-L-E-A-S-E!
Indonesian search officials have now confirmed they have located the fuselage of AirAsia flight 8501 on sonar radar, upside down on the sea floor.
Indonesian search and rescue workers carry a dead body on a stretcher during the recovery of crash victims
Officials from Basarnas, Indonesia's search and rescue agency, say the plane wreckage has been located in 24 to 30 metres of water and one of the six confirmed recovered bodies was wearing a life jacket.
Before darkness fell in the area, search teams had also identified a shadow that they believed to be the plane's fuselage. 
Many of the remaining victims are thought likely to still be on board the aircraft but wind, strong currents and high surf has hampered recovery efforts on Wednesday as distraught family members anxiously waited to identify their loved ones. 
It comes amid revelations from a pilot involved in the search, that three people killed on the AirAsia flight were holding hands when their bodies were spotted floating in the Java sea off Indonesia.
Lieutenant Airman Tri Wobowo, who co-piloted the C130 Hercules aircraft that first saw debris of the plane on Tuesday, told Indonesian newspaper Kompas: ‘There are seven to eight people. Three [of them] again hold hands.’ 
Since the wreckage from the plane was discovered off the coast of Borneo Island, after three days of searching, there have been a number of different body counts from several official sources.
However, the chief of Indonesia's search and rescue agency, Bambang Sulistyo, has confirmed that six bodies have been recovered including two males, along with one female who was wearing a flight attendant uniform. 
He said half of those found were male and half female, including the flight attendant. 
On Wednesday, divers were deployed, but heavy rain and clouds grounded helicopters, Sulistyo said.  
Indonesian marines unload their diving equipment as they prepare to join the search operation for the plane
Members of the Indonesian Air Force crew carry a coffin to a transport plane at Iskandar Military Airport
Indonesian Marines carry equipment from an air force plane during search and rescue operations
A member of the Indonesian military reacts after seeing an unidentified floating dead body from the doomed AirAsia flight 8501 during a search and rescue (SAR) mission
Rescue workers display the uninflated escape slide from flight 8501 at Pangkalan Bun airport in Indonesia
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Officials increasingly confident that debris is from missing AirAsia flight QZ8501
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