Monday, January 12, 2015

Exclusive : In Photos : AirAsia flight QZ8501: Wreckage of plane found in Java Sea

The flight data recorder of AirAsia QZ8501 is transferred to another container at the airbase in Pangkalan Bun

Divers retrieved one black box and located the other from the AirAsia plane that crashed more than two weeks ago, a key development that should help investigators unravel what caused the aircraft to plummet into the Java Sea. The two instruments, which emit signals from their beacons, are vital to understanding what brought Flight 8501 down on Dec. 28, killing all 162 people on board. They should provide essential information about the plane and all of the conversations between the captain and co-pilot for the duration of the flight. 

Military personnel hold a black box removed from the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501 that crashed in the Java Sea, at airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia
 The cockpit voice recorder was found hours after officials announced that the flight data recorder had been pulled from beneath a piece of the aircraft's wing and brought to the sea's surface, said Suryadi Bambang Supriyadi, operation coordinator for Indonesia's national search and rescue agency. He said the voice recorder was about 20 meters (66 feet) away from the data recorder but remained lodged beneath heavy wreckage, and divers were struggling to free it at a depth of 32 meters (105 feet). Searchers began zeroing in on the location a day earlier after three Indonesian ships picked up intense pings from the area, but they were unable to see the devices due to strong currents and poor visibility.

Flight QZ8501 vanished from radar screens over the northern Java Sea on December 28, 2014 less than half-way into a two-hour flight from Indonesia's second-biggest city of Surabaya to Singapore.
The last contact the pilots had with air traffic control, less than halfway into their two-hour journey from Indonesia's second-largest city, Surabaya, to Singapore, indicated they were entering stormy weather. They asked to climb from 32,000 feet (9,753 meters) to 38,000 feet (11,582 meters) to avoid threatening clouds, but were denied permission because of heavy air traffic. Four minutes later, the plane dropped off the radar. No distress signal was sent. 

Indonesian officials move the tail of the AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft during the recovery mission at Panglima Utar Kumai Harbour
 Indonesian officials move the tail of the AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft during the recovery mission at Panglima Utar Kumai Harbour

A section of the Air Asia Airbus 320 arrives on a salvage ship at Kumal port, Borneo
A section of the Air Asia Airbus 320 arrives on a salvage ship at Kumal port, Borneo

Part of the wreckage identified as of AirAsia Flight 8501 is seen in the waters of the Java Sea
Part of the wreckage identified as of AirAsia Flight 8501 is seen in the waters of the Java Sea
  Part of the wreckage identified as of AirAsia Flight 8501 is seen in the waters of the Java Sea

Part of the wreckage identified as of AirAsia Flight 8501 is seen in the waters of the Java Sea
  The part of the wreckage that BASARNAS identified as of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501 is seen in the waters of the Java Sea

The part of the wreckage that BASARNAS identified as of the AirAsia flight 8501 is seen in the waters of the Java Sea

An Indonesian official onboard the vessel KRI Bung Tomo holding a piece of wreckage and a pair of shoes recovered from ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 lost in the Java Sea

 An Indonesian official onboard the vessel KRI Bung Tomo holding a piece of wreckage and a pair of shoes recovered from ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 lost in the Java Sea

Indonesian Navy onboard the vessel KRI Bung Tomo displaying recovered wreckage fromAirAsia flight QZ8501
Indonesian Navy onboard the vessel KRI Bung Tomo displaying recovered wreckage fromAirAsia flight QZ8501

Indonesian Air Force crew and Indonesian National Search and Rescue (BASARNAS) members carry a body during their search and rescue operation for the crashed AirAsia plane at Iskandar Military Airport in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo
Indonesian Air Force crew and Indonesian National Search and Rescue (BASARNAS) members carry a body during their search and rescue operation for the crashed AirAsia plane at Iskandar Military Airport in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo

Indonesian Navy displaying personal items recovered from ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 lost in the Java Sea
Indonesian Navy displaying personal items recovered from ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 lost in the Java Sea

A recovered AirAsia plane passenger seat at the Iskandar Military Airport in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo
A recovered AirAsia plane passenger seat at the Iskandar Military Airport in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo
  An Indonesian officer shows a safety instruction card recovered during search operations in the Java sea for AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun

An Indonesian officer shows a safety instruction card recovered during search operations in the Java sea for AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun

A camera recovered from amongst personal items from AirAsia flight QZ8501
 A camera recovered from amongst personal items from AirAsia flight QZ8501
 An Indonesian Muslim cleric scatters flowers into the ocean after a prayer for the victims of the crashed AirAsia plane inside an Indonesian Air Force NAS 332 Super Puma helicopter flying over the Java Sea off Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia

An Indonesian Muslim cleric scatters flowers into the ocean after a prayer for the victims of the crashed AirAsia plane inside an Indonesian Air Force NAS 332 Super Puma helicopter flying over the Java Sea off Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia

 Indonesian Air Force crew prepare their Helicopter prior their search and rescue operation for the crashed AirAsia plane, at Iskandar Military Airport in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia

Indonesian Air Force crew prepare their Helicopter prior their search and rescue operation for the crashed AirAsia plane, at Iskandar Military Airport in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia

A US Navy member, right, looks on as Indonesian rescuers carry a body from a US Navy Seahawk helicopter during a search and rescue operation in Central Borneo, Indonesia

 A US Navy member, right, looks on as Indonesian rescuers carry a body from a US Navy Seahawk helicopter during a search and rescue operation in Central Borneo, Indonesia

Relatives of Jie Stephanie Gunawan, one of the victims of the crash, wait to be handed over her remains in Surabaya
Relatives of Jie Stephanie Gunawan, one of the victims of the crash, wait to be handed over her remains in Surabaya

Divers travel toward the KRI Banda Aceh ship during the search operations in the Java Sea
 Divers travel toward the KRI Banda Aceh ship during the search operations in the Java Sea
 The front side of debris resembling an aircraft window panel recovered by the Republic of Singapore Navy

The front side of debris resembling an aircraft window panel recovered by the Republic of Singapore Navy
  Indonesian Air Force crew members taking part in the search for AirAsia QZ8501 wait out a rain storm under the tail of a cargo plane

 Indonesian Air Force crew members taking part in the search for AirAsia QZ8501 wait out a rain storm under the tail of a cargo plane

Members of Indonesian search and rescue team carry a part of the Airbus A320-200at Iskandar Airbase in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane.
Members of Indonesian search and rescue team carry a part of the Airbus A320-200 at Iskandar Airbase in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane.

Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry a coffin containing a victim of AirAsia flight 8501 at Iskandar Airbase
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry a coffin containing a victim of AirAsia flight 8501 at Iskandar Airbase
  Indonesian Navy personnel line up recovered bodies of passengers from AirAsia flight QZ8501 on the the deck of the Indonesian Navy vessel KRI Banda Aceh

 Indonesian Navy personnel line up recovered bodies of passengers from AirAsia flight QZ8501 on the the deck of the Indonesian Navy vessel KRI Banda Aceh

A Russian Search and Rescue team loads their equipment after arriving at Pangkalan Bun airport to support the search for Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501
A Russian Search and Rescue team loads their equipment after arriving at Pangkalan Bun airport to support the search for Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501

Indonesian Navy personnel recover another body from the sea of AirAsia Flight 8501
 Indonesian Navy personnel recover another body from the sea
 Bodies of victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 are lifted to Indonesian navy vessel KRI Banda Aceh

Bodies of victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 are lifted to Indonesian navy vessel KRI Banda Aceh
 Coffins prepared for victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash wait at Sultan Imanuddin hospital

 Coffins prepared for victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash wait at Sultan Imanuddin hospital

Crew members of a Super Puma NAS 332 helicopter during the continuing search operation over Kumai Bay, Central Borneo
Crew members of a Super Puma NAS 332 helicopter during the continuing search operation over Kumai Bay, Central Borneo

Indonesian men pray during a special prayer service for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 at the Al Akbar Mosque in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
Indonesian men pray during a special prayer service for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 at the Al Akbar Mosque in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

Family photos of (left to right) Soemanik Saeran, 64, Naura Kanita Rosada Suseno, 9, and Djoko Suseno, 43, with his wife Hayati Lutfiah Hamid, 39, are displayed in the home of Soemanik where relatives and friends gathered for nightly prayers, in Surabaya, Indonesia. Prayers of hope that the four were still alive have since given way to prayers that their bodies will be recovered quickly
Family photos of (left to right) Soemanik Saeran, 64, Naura Kanita Rosada Suseno, 9, and Djoko Suseno, 43, with his wife Hayati Lutfiah Hamid, 39, are displayed in the home of Soemanik where relatives and friends gathered for nightly prayers, in Surabaya, Indonesia. Prayers of hope that the four were still alive have since given way to prayers that their bodies will be recovered quickly

A member of the Indonesian Red Cross walks among coffins for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 at the main hospital in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia
A member of the Indonesian Red Cross walks among coffins for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 at the main hospital in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia
  Indonesian rescuers unload a body from a Seahawk helicopter at Iskandar Military Airport

 Indonesian rescuers unload a body from a Seahawk helicopter at Iskandar Military Airport

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 International experts equipped with sophisticated acoustic detection devices joined search teams scouring the sea off Borneo on Friday in the hunt for the black box flight recorders from a crashed Indonesia AirAsia passenger jet.
 A man performs Friday prayers, which included a special prayer for the passengers of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, at Masjid Al-Akbar mosque in Surabaya
 The crew member from a USS Sampson Navy helicopter carries derbis of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 at Iskandar Airbase in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

 The crew member from a USS Sampson Navy helicopter carries derbis of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 at Iskandar Airbase in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

A massive recovery operation has begun following confirmation from Indonesian officials that remains and debris found in waters off Borneo are from the missing AirAsia plane. Indonesian officials have confirmed that debris and dead bodies that have been sighted in the Java Sea are from the AirAsia flight QZ8501 that went missing on Sunday
Indonesian national search and rescue agency members and Indonesian Air Force crew carry a dead body from a helicopter, during search and rescue operations for the crashed AirAsia plane, at Iskandar Military Airport, in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia
 A massive recovery operation has begun following confirmation from Indonesian officials that remains and debris found in waters off Borneo are from the missing AirAsia plane. Indonesian officials have confirmed that debris and dead bodies that have been sighted in the Java Sea are from the AirAsia flight QZ8501 that went missing on Sunday

 Relatives of the missing passengers on board the AirAsia plane pray at Juanda Airport, in Surabaya, Indonesia
  A massive recovery operation has begun following confirmation from Indonesian officials that remains and debris found in waters off Borneo are from the missing AirAsia plane. Indonesian officials have confirmed that debris and dead bodies that have been sighted in the Java Sea are from the AirAsia flight QZ8501 that went missing on Sunday

Indonesian Navy divers inspect their gear upon arrival for the search operation for the victims of AirAsia flight QZ 8501 at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia

A massive recovery operation has begun following confirmation from Indonesian officials that remains and debris found in waters off Borneo are from the missing AirAsia plane. Indonesian officials have confirmed that debris and dead bodies that have been sighted in the Java Sea are from the AirAsia flight QZ8501 that went missing on Sunday
Indonesian police collect AirAsia passenger identifications from relatives to help identification of the victims at Juanda Airport, in Surabaya, Indonesia
 A massive recovery operation has begun following confirmation from Indonesian officials that remains and debris found in waters off Borneo are from the missing AirAsia plane. Indonesian officials have confirmed that debris and dead bodies that have been sighted in the Java Sea are from the AirAsia flight QZ8501 that went missing on Sunday

 Indonesian President Joko Widodo (L) stands in the cockpit of a Hercules C-130 during the search operation for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501

Relatives of passengers of the missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501 react to the news on television about the findings of bodies on the waters near the site where the jetliner disappeared, at the crisis center at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014.
 Relatives of passengers of the missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501 react to the news on television about the findings of bodies on the waters near the site where the jetliner disappeared, at the crisis centre at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
 Commander of Indonesian Air Force 1st Operational Command Rear Marshall Dwi Putranto, center, shows the airplane parts and a suitcase found floating on the water near the site where AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared, during a press conference at the airbase in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia.

Commander of Indonesian Air Force 1st Operational Command Rear Marshall Dwi Putranto, center, shows the airplane parts and a suitcase found floating on the water near the site where AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared, during a press conference at the airbase in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia.
 Family members of passengers onboard missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 pray together while waiting for a briefing inside the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on December 30, 2014.

 Family members of passengers pray together while waiting for a briefing inside the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya.

Family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 react after watching news reports showing an unidentified body floating in the Java sea, inside the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on December 30, 2014.
Family members of passengers onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501 react at a waiting area in Juanda International Airport, Surabaya. Indonesian rescuers detect bodies and luggage off the coast of Borneo island and officials said they were '95 percent sure' debris spotted in the sea was from the missing AirAsia plane with 162 people on board. Indonesia AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200, lost contact with air traffic control early on Sunday during bad weather on a flight from the Indonesian city  of Surabaya to Singapore.
Family members of passengers onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501 react at a waiting area in Juanda International Airport, Surabaya. Indonesian rescuers detect bodies and luggage off the coast of Borneo island and officials said they were '95 percent sure' debris spotted in the sea was from the missing AirAsia plane with 162 people on board. Indonesia AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200, lost contact with air traffic control early on Sunday during bad weather on a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.

An unidentified object, found during a search and rescue operation by the Indonesian Air Force for the missing AirAsia plane
An unidentified object, found during a search and rescue operation by the Indonesian Air Force for the missing AirAsia plane

An official of Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency points the screen of weather around Bangka-Belitung island and West Kalimantan, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 30, 2014.
An official of Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency points the screen of weather around Bangka-Belitung island and West Kalimantan, in Jakarta, Indonesia

A family member of passengers onboard the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501, reacts after seeing an unidentified floating dead body during a search and rescue mission with Indonesian military personnel over the waters of the Java Sea on December 30, 2014.
A family member of passengers reacts after seeing an unidentified floating dead body during a search and rescue mission with Indonesian military personnel over the waters of the Java Sea.

Republic of Singapore Air Force personnel survey the waters during a search and locate operation for the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 plane at an undisclosed search area on December 30, 2014. The Indonesia AirAsia plane, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared after its pilot failed to get permission to fly higher to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore on Sunday.
Republic of Singapore Air Force personnel survey the waters during a search and locate operation for the missing plane

Indonesian air force crew are seen before an operation to retrieve dead bodies for the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, in Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan, Indonesia. The authorities announced that six dead bodies of AirAsia victims were found and items resembling an emergency slide, plane door and other objects were spotted in the sea during an aerial search on December 30th for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, Indonesian officials said.
Indonesian air force crew are seen before an operation to retrieve dead bodies

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 December 30, 2014.
A crew member of an Indonesian Maritime Surveillance plane says a prayer before a search mission
  Indonesian Air Force Captain Ammad (L) and Co-Pilot First Letuenant Suma during a search and rescue operation as they search for the missing AirAsia plane over Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, 30 December 2014.

Indonesian Air Force Captain Ammad (L) and Co-Pilot First Letuenant Suma during a search and rescue operation as they search for the missing AirAsia plane over Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia

Indonesian air force CN295 crew members look from plane windows during a search and rescue operation for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501
Indonesian air force CN295 crew members look from plane windows during a search and rescue operation for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 over waters near Pangkalan, Central Kalimantan, on December 30, 2014

 Indonesian Air Force personnel carry airplane parts recovered from the water near the site where AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared, at the airbase in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia.

Indonesian Air Force personnel carry airplane parts recovered from the water near the site where AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared
 Relatives reacts as the Indonesian Search and Rescue Team announce they found debris of the missing AirAsia plane

Relatives reacts as the Indonesian Search and Rescue Team announce they found debris of the missing AirAsia plane
  Indonesian students pray for victims of the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Tangerang.

 Indonesian students pray for victims of the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Tangerang.

Relatives of passengers on AirAsia flight QZ 8501 react to the breaking news of debris and bodies being found
Relatives of passengers on AirAsia flight QZ 8501 react to the breaking news of debris and bodies being found on December 30
 Rohaida Rudzlan (R) and six-year-old Airis Marisah (C) look at messages of support

 Rohaida Rudzlan (R) and six-year-old Airis Marisah (C) look at messages of support posted on a board for the relatives and passengers of missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, at Terminal 2 in Singapore's Changi airport on December 30, 2014

A member of the Indonesian military looks out of the window during a search and rescue (SAR) operation for missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501
 A member of the Indonesian military looks out of the window during a search and rescue operation for missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501
  An Indonesian Air Force pilot look from the cockpit windows of a C-130 Hercules plane during a search and rescue operation as they search for the missing AirAsia plane over Bangka Island, Indonesia, 29 December 2014.

An Indonesian Air Force pilot look from the cockpit windows of a C-130 Hercules plane during a search and rescue operation as they search for the missing AirAsia plane over Bangka Island, Indonesia

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla (2-L) and AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes (R) talk to relatives of the missing AirAsia plane passenger at Juanda Airport, in Surabaya
Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla (2-L) and AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes (R) talk to relatives of the missing AirAsia plane passenger at Juanda Airport, in Surabaya

Indonesian Air Force members look the cockpit windows of C-130 Hercules plane during a search and rescue operation as they search for the missing AirAsia plane over Bangka Island, Indonesia, 29 December 2014.
Indonesian Air Force members look the cockpit windows of C-130 Hercules plane during a search and rescue operation as they search for the missing AirAsia plane over Bangka Island, Indonesia

An Indonesian policeman points at a map of Indonesia at a crisis centre in Juanda International Airport, Surabaya December 29, 2014.
 An Indonesian policeman points at a map of Indonesia at a crisis centre in Juanda International Airport, Surabaya

Search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 at sea
A Republic of Singapore Air Force personnel (RSAF) serviceman on board a C-130 aircraft participating in the search and locate (SAL) operation for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 at sea.
 Family members of people on AirAsia flight QZ8501 pray togather at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, Indonesia

Family members of people on AirAsia flight QZ8501 pray togather at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, Indonesia