MISSING AIRASIA QZ8501: PILOT DESCRIBES SEEING BODIES HOLDING HANDS IN WATER
Lieutenant Airman Tri Wobowo who discovered the debris from the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 told a newspaper on Tuesday that three of the bodies recovered were holding hands.
Tri Wobowo who also co-piloted the C130 Hercules aircraft that first saw the items of the aircraft off the coast of Borneo earlier, described the scene that greeted rescuers in the water, reported The Independent.
"There are seven to eight people. Three [of them] again hold hands," he told Indonesian national newspaper Kompas.
As well as the bodies, the pilot reported seeing luggage, buoys and pieces of the aircraft itself – painted the distinctive red, black and white of AirAsia.
A massive international search effort has been launched since Flight 8501, an Airbus A320-200 with 155 passengers and seven crew aboard, disappeared from radar over the Java Sea near Belitung island.
The US, China, Australia, Malaysia and Thailand have all been involved in the search, with local fishermen helping.