Recovery of AirAsia QZ8501 Victims

Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team prepare to carry a dead body with a stretcher during the recovery of victims who were onboard the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on Dec. 31, 2014. Stormy weather forced Indonesian rescuers on December 31 to suspend their search for the bodies of 162 people aboard an ill-fated AirAsia plane, as investigators started trying to piece together why the flight plunged into the sea. (AFP Photo/Yanuar)

By : AFP, EPA & Reuters | on 1:28 PM December 31, 2014
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia
Stormy weather forced Indonesian rescuers on Dec. 31 to suspend their search for the bodies of 162 people aboard an ill-fated Indonesia AirAsia plane, as investigators started trying to piece together why the flight plunged into the sea.

Indonesian police officers erect a tent during the ongoing search and rescue operation for victims and plane parts of the crashed AirAsia plane, at Iskandar Military Airport, Pangkalan Bun, Borneo, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2014. Indonesian rescuers retrieved three more bodies from the sea on 31 December but the search to recover more victims from the AirAsia plane crash was hampered by bad weather, the recue chief said. AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 crashed into the Java Sea on 28 December, about halfway through a two-hour flight between Surabaya, Indonesia's second largest city, and Singapore. (EPA Photo/Bagus Indahono) Indonesian police officers erect a tent during the ongoing search and rescue operation for victims and plane parts of the crashed AirAsia plane, at Iskandar Military Airport, Pangkalan Bun, Borneo, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2014. Indonesian rescuers retrieved three more bodies from the sea on 31 December but the search to recover more victims from the AirAsia plane crash was hampered by bad weather, the recue chief said. AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 crashed into the Java Sea on 28 December, about halfway through a two-hour flight between Surabaya, Indonesia's second largest city, and Singapore. (EPA Photo/Bagus Indahono)

Indonesian national search and rescue agency members erect a tent during the ongoing search and rescue operation for victims and plane parts of the crashed AirAsia plane, at Iskandar Military Airport, Pangkalan Bun, Borneo, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2014. (EPA Photo/Bagus Indahono) Indonesian national search and rescue agency members erect a tent during the ongoing search and rescue operation for victims and plane parts of the crashed AirAsia plane, at Iskandar Military Airport, Pangkalan Bun, Borneo, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2014. (EPA Photo/Bagus Indahono)

Military ambulances are on standby to transfer any bodies recovered from the AirAsia crash, at Juanda Airport, in Surabaya, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2014. (EPA Photo/Made Nagi) Military ambulances are on standby to transfer any bodies recovered from the AirAsia crash, at Juanda Airport, in Surabaya, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2014. (EPA Photo/Made Nagi)

Members of the Indonesia marines unload their diving equipment as they arrive at Pangkalan Bun air base in Central Kalimantan on Dec. 31, 2014, to join the operation to find the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501. Stormy weather on Dec. 31 forced Indonesian rescuers to suspend their search for the bodies of those on AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, which plunged into the water at the weekend carrying 162 people. (AFP Photo/ Yanuar) Members of the Indonesia marines unload their diving equipment as they arrive at Pangkalan Bun air base in Central Kalimantan on Dec. 31, 2014, to join the operation to find the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501. Stormy weather on Dec. 31 forced Indonesian rescuers to suspend their search for the bodies of those on AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, which plunged into the water at the weekend carrying 162 people. (AFP Photo/ Yanuar)

Members of the Indonesia marines unload their diving equipment as they arrive at Pangkalan Bun air base in Central Kalimantan on Dec. 31, 2014, to join the operation to find the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501. Stormy weather on Dec. 31 forced Indonesian rescuers to suspend their search for the bodies of those on AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, which plunged into the water at the weekend carrying 162 people. (AFP Photo/ Yanuar) Members of the Indonesia marines unload their diving equipment as they arrive at Pangkalan Bun air base in Central Kalimantan on Dec. 31, 2014, to join the operation to find the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501. Stormy weather on Dec. 31 forced Indonesian rescuers to suspend their search for the bodies of those on AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, which plunged into the water at the weekend carrying 162 people. (AFP Photo/ Yanuar)

Members of the Indonesia marines unload their diving equipment as they arrive at Pangkalan Bun air base in Central Kalimantan on Dec. 31, 2014, to join the operation to find the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501. Stormy weather on Dec. 31 forced Indonesian rescuers to suspend their search for the bodies of those on AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, which plunged into the water at the weekend carrying 162 people. (AFP Photo/ Yanuar) Members of the Indonesia marines unload their diving equipment as they arrive at Pangkalan Bun air base in Central Kalimantan on Dec. 31, 2014, to join the operation to find the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501. Stormy weather on Dec. 31 forced Indonesian rescuers to suspend their search for the bodies of those on AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, which plunged into the water at the weekend carrying 162 people. (AFP Photo/ Yanuar)

Members of the Indonesia marines unload their diving equipment as they arrive at Pangkalan Bun air base in Central Kalimantan on Dec. 31, 2014, to join the operation to find the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501. Stormy weather on Dec. 31 forced Indonesian rescuers to suspend their search for the bodies of those on AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, which plunged into the water at the weekend carrying 162 people. (AFP Photo/ Yanuar) Members of the Indonesia marines unload their diving equipment as they arrive at Pangkalan Bun air base in Central Kalimantan on Dec. 31, 2014, to join the operation to find the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501. Stormy weather on Dec. 31 forced Indonesian rescuers to suspend their search for the bodies of those on AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, which plunged into the water at the weekend carrying 162 people. (AFP Photo/ Yanuar)

Members of the Indonesia marines unload their diving equipment as they arrive at Pangkalan Bun air base in Central Kalimantan on Dec. 31, 2014, to join the operation to find the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501. Stormy weather on Dec. 31 forced Indonesian rescuers to suspend their search for the bodies of those on AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, which plunged into the water at the weekend carrying 162 people. (AFP Photo/ Yanuar) Members of the Indonesia marines unload their diving equipment as they arrive at Pangkalan Bun air base in Central Kalimantan on Dec. 31, 2014, to join the operation to find the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501. Stormy weather on Dec. 31 forced Indonesian rescuers to suspend their search for the bodies of those on AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, which plunged into the water at the weekend carrying 162 people. (AFP Photo/ Yanuar)

Search and rescue workers prepare to load body bags onto a flight to Kalimantan in Pangkal Pinang, Bangka  on Dec. 30, 2014. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside) Search and rescue workers prepare to load body bags onto a flight to Kalimantan in Pangkal Pinang, Bangka on Dec. 30, 2014. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

Indonesian police collect AirAsia passenger identifications from relatives to help identification of the victims at Juanda Airport, in Surabaya, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2014. (EPA Photo/Made Nagi) Indonesian police collect AirAsia passenger identifications from relatives to help identification of the victims at Juanda Airport, in Surabaya, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2014. (EPA Photo/Made Nagi)

Indonesian Search and Rescue (SAR) team members attach the updated search area map for the crashed AirAsia plane at Juanda Airport, in Surabaya, Indonesia, Dec. 31 2014. (EPA Photo/Made Nagi) Indonesian Search and Rescue (SAR) team members attach the updated search area map for the crashed AirAsia plane at Juanda Airport, in Surabaya, Indonesia, Dec. 31 2014. (EPA Photo/Made Nagi)

An air force officer walks through the rain at Pangkalan Bun air base in Central Kalimantan on December 31, 2014, after the operation to find the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 was halted due to bad weather. Stormy weather on December 31 forced Indonesian rescuers to suspend their search for the bodies of those on AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, which plunged into the water at the weekend carrying 162 people.  (AFP Photo/ Yanuar) An air force officer walks through the rain at Pangkalan Bun air base in Central Kalimantan on December 31, 2014, after the operation to find the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 was halted due to bad weather. Stormy weather on December 31 forced Indonesian rescuers to suspend their search for the bodies of those on AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, which plunged into the water at the weekend carrying 162 people. (AFP Photo/ Yanuar)

A crew member of an Indonesian Maritime Surveillance plane says a prayer before a search mission to look for AirAsia's Flight QZ8501 in Pangkal Pinang, Bangka island Dec. 30, 2014. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside) A crew member of an Indonesian Maritime Surveillance plane says a prayer before a search mission to look for AirAsia's Flight QZ8501 in Pangkal Pinang, Bangka island Dec. 30, 2014. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

Members of the Indonesian air force show items retrieved from the Java sea during search and rescue operations for the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan on Dec. 30, 2014. The hunt for a missing AirAsia passenger plane appeared over on December 30 as wreckage and dozens of bodies were spotted at sea off Indonesia, prompting raw scenes of emotion from sobbing relatives of the 162 people aboard. (AFP Photo/ Bay Ismoyo) Members of the Indonesian air force show items retrieved from the Java sea during search and rescue operations for the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan on Dec. 30, 2014. The hunt for a missing AirAsia passenger plane appeared over on December 30 as wreckage and dozens of bodies were spotted at sea off Indonesia, prompting raw scenes of emotion from sobbing relatives of the 162 people aboard. (AFP Photo/ Bay Ismoyo)

A member of the Indonesian air force carries an item retrieved from the Java sea during search and rescue operations for the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan on Dec. 30, 2014. (AFP Photo/Bay Ismoyo) A member of the Indonesian air force carries an item retrieved from the Java sea during search and rescue operations for the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan on Dec. 30, 2014. (AFP Photo/Bay Ismoyo)

akarta's Air Force base commander Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto (C) and Indonesian Air Force crew show pieces of luggage and what is believed to be an emergency slide from the AirAsia plane which was recovered during a search and rescue operation and brought to the military base in Pangkalan Bun, central Borneo, Indonesia, Dec. 30, 2014. (EPA Photo/Bagus Indahono) akarta's Air Force base commander Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto (C) and Indonesian Air Force crew show pieces of luggage and what is believed to be an emergency slide from the AirAsia plane which was recovered during a search and rescue operation and brought to the military base in Pangkalan Bun, central Borneo, Indonesia, Dec. 30, 2014. (EPA Photo/Bagus Indahono)

Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team prepare to carry a dead body with a stretcher during the recovery of victims who were onboard the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on December 31, 2014. Stormy weather forced Indonesian rescuers on December 31 to suspend their search for the bodies of 162 people aboard an ill-fated AirAsia plane, as investigators started trying to piece together why the flight plunged into the sea.  (AFP Photo/Yanuar) Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team prepare to carry a dead body with a stretcher during the recovery of victims who were onboard the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on December 31, 2014. Stormy weather forced Indonesian rescuers on December 31 to suspend their search for the bodies of 162 people aboard an ill-fated AirAsia plane, as investigators started trying to piece together why the flight plunged into the sea. (AFP Photo/Yanuar)

Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team prepare to carry a dead body with a stretcher during the recovery of victims who were onboard the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on Dec. 31, 2014. Stormy weather forced Indonesian rescuers on December 31 to suspend their search for the bodies of 162 people aboard an ill-fated AirAsia plane, as investigators started trying to piece together why the flight plunged into the sea.  (AFP Photo/Yanuar) Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry a dead body with a stretcher during the recovery of victims who were onboard the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on Dec. 31, 2014. Stormy weather forced Indonesian rescuers on December 31 to suspend their search for the bodies of 162 people aboard an ill-fated AirAsia plane, as investigators started trying to piece together why the flight plunged into the sea. (AFP Photo/Yanuar)

A handout photograph released by the Indonesian Navy on Dec. 31,2014 shows Indonesian war ship KRI Bung Tomo during the search and rescue mission of the crashed Air Asia airplane in the ocean off the coast of Pangkalan Bun, Borneo, Indonesia, Dec. 28, 2014. Indonesian rescuers retrieved three more bodies from the sea on Dec. 31, but the search to recover more victims from the AirAsia plane crash was hampered by bad weather, the recue chief said. AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 crashed into the Java Sea on 28 December, about halfway through a two-hour flight between Surabaya, Indonesia's second largest city, and Singapore.  (EPA Photo/Indonesian Navy) A handout photograph released by the Indonesian Navy on Dec. 31,2014 shows Indonesian war ship KRI Bung Tomo during the search and rescue mission of the crashed Air Asia airplane in the ocean off the coast of Pangkalan Bun, Borneo, Indonesia, Dec. 28, 2014. Indonesian rescuers retrieved three more bodies from the sea on Dec. 31, but the search to recover more victims from the AirAsia plane crash was hampered by bad weather, the recue chief said. AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 crashed into the Java Sea on 28 December, about halfway through a two-hour flight between Surabaya, Indonesia's second largest city, and Singapore. (EPA Photo/Indonesian Navy)

A handout released by the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) shows a map of the search and rescue operation for the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501, in waters off Borneo, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2014. (EPA Photo/Indonesian SAR) A handout released by the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) shows a map of the search and rescue operation for the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501, in waters off Borneo, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2014. (EPA Photo/Indonesian SAR)

A handout released by the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) shows a map of the search and rescue operation for the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501, in waters off Borneo, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2014. (EPA Photo/Indonesian SAR) A handout released by the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) shows a map of the search and rescue operation for the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501, in waters off Borneo, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2014. (EPA Photo/Indonesian SAR)


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