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Salvaging AirAsia Flight 8501
Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
02 Mar 2015

Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 (QZ8501/AWQ8501) was a scheduled international passenger flight, operated by AirAsia Group affiliate Indonesia AirAsia, from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. On 28 December 2014, the aircraft operating the route, an Airbus A320-216, crashed into the Java Sea during bad weather, killing all 155 passengers and seven crew on board. Two days after the crash, debris from the aircraft and human remains were found floating in the Java Sea. Searchers located wreckage on the sea floor beginning on 3 January, and the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were recovered by 13 January. The search for bodies ended in March 2015 after recovery of 106 of the 162 bodies.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
02 Mar 2015

On March 18th 2015, after almost 3 months of search and rescue activity, an Indonesia SAR officer announces the closing of the operation, with total 97 victim found and identified. The rest of the victims remain lost at sea and it is impossible to find them as their bodies decompose and become very hard to find. The families of the victims threw flowers into the sea as their condolences to their loved ones.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
02 Mar 2015

Money found on the fuselage of Air Asia QZ8501 is handed over to the Indonesian Air Asia Director before he hands it over to the family of victim to whom it belongs.

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Death Trap 24
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
19 Jan 2015

A sunken passenger vessel sits grounded on Kamarjani island, near Gaibandha, Bangladesh on 20 January 2015.

Local people say that there are many new islands emerging in the Brahmaputra river as a result of changing water levels. As a result, passenger vessels which sank a couple of years ago and were not recovered sometimes surface as water levels change.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
05 Jan 2015

A coffin is prepared at Kalimantan Hospital for a victim of the AirAsia plane crash.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
05 Jan 2015

The Indonesian Air Force prepare to transfer the body of a crash victim to Surabaya Airport.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
05 Jan 2015

Victims of AirAsia QZ8501 on an air plane as they are transferred to Surabaya for identification.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
05 Jan 2015

Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 (QZ8501/AWQ8501) was a scheduled international passenger flight, operated by AirAsia Group affiliate Indonesia AirAsia, from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. On 28 December 2014, the aircraft operating the route, an Airbus A320-216, crashed into the Java Sea during bad weather, killing all 155 passengers and seven crew on board. Two days after the crash, debris from the aircraft and human remains were found floating in the Java Sea. Searchers located wreckage on the sea floor beginning on 3 January, and the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were recovered by 13 January. The search for bodies ended in March 2015 after recovery of 106 of the 162 bodies.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
04 Jan 2015

Indonesian Air Force mechanics fix a broken helicopter during the search and rescue operation for AirAsia Flight 8501.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
04 Jan 2015

The search and rescue team pray before the beginning their mission.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
04 Jan 2015

A high tech Russian aircraft arrives at Pangkalan Bun-Kalimantan in order to aid the search and rescue mission for AirAsia Flight 8501.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
04 Jan 2015

An American Helicopter delivers crash victims from the sea at Pangkalan Bun-Kalimantan.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
04 Jan 2015

A daily press conference is held by the Indonesian officer in charge of the evacuation of AirAsia crash victims at Pangkalan Bun.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
03 Jan 2015

An Indonesian Air Force Helicopter partakes in the search and rescue mission.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
03 Jan 2015

Indonesian search and rescue teams standby to collect the bodies of victims of the Air Asia crash as they arrive from sea at Pangkalan Bun-Kalimantan.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
03 Jan 2015

A victim of the Air Asia plane crash in a body bag before being put in a coffin at Kalimantan Hospital.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
03 Jan 2015

Victim of the Air Asia plane crash at Pangkalan Bun to be transfer to Surabaya.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
03 Jan 2015

A Russian search and rescue team take part in the AirAsia search mission.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
02 Jan 2015

An officer prepares the diving tools for the search and rescue teams working on the AirAsia 8501 recovery mission in the Java Sea.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
02 Jan 2015

An object, suspected to be part of the lost Air Asia Plane, is spotted in the Java Sea.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
01 Jan 2015

Indonesian Navy Seals prepare before diving into the Java Sea for the search and rescue mission.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
31 Dec 2014

Journalist arrive at Pangkalan Bun-Kalimantan to cover the event.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
31 Dec 2014

Air Asia Director, Tony Hernandez (middle) at Pangkalan Bun-Kalimantan coordination with Indonesian authorities for the evacuation.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
29 Dec 2014

Indonesian Air Force search the Java Sea to find the exact location of the downed Air Asia airliner.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
29 Dec 2014

An Indonesia Air Force Hercules Plane searches the Java Sea for missing AirAsia flight 8501.

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Search and Rescue Air Asia QZ8501
Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan
By Donal Husni
29 Dec 2014

President Joko Widodo of the Indonesian Air Force arrives from Irian Jaya to give "total all out" instruction to the Indonesian Search and Rescue team in finding the victims and fuselage of Air Asia QZ8501.

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Death Trap 9
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A women who lost her son in the Pinak-6 sinking points to the river Padma as she voices her fury at the Bangladeshi government. The woman feels that if the government had taken the initiative to build a bridge across the river, then her son would not have been missing. The Pinak-6 was a passenger vessel used to ferry people from one side of the Padma river to the other. The boat sank as it made a crossing.

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Death Trap 14
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A women crawls on the ground at the Mawa Ferry Ghat on August 4, 2014 after her husband went missing when the Pinak-6 passenger vessel sank on the Padma river.

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Death Trap 15
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A survivor of the Pinak-6 sinking cries on the shore of the Padma river. He was able to save himself, but not his mother, who drowned in the disaster. While many people who take the boats know how to swim, when the boats capsize many passengers panic and cannot save themselves. The saris and baggy clothes popular amongst Bangladeshis also make it hard to swim and lead many to drown.

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Death Trap 1
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

People gather at the Mawa Ferry Ghat near Dhaka after a passenger vessel named Pinak-6 sank. On that sunken passenger vessel, 51 people died and more than 200 went missing.

August 4, 2014

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Death Trap 2
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

Three women cry at the Mawa Ferry Ghat near Dhaka, after their father went missing when the Pinak-6 passenger ferry capsized the Padma river.

August 4, 2014

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Death Trap 3
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

Two sisters become senseless while crying for their father at the Mawa Ferry Ghat near Dhaka.Their father was one of more than 200 passengers who when missing when the Pinak-6 passenger ferry sank in the Padma river.

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Death Trap 4
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A women is cries at the Mawa Ferry Ghat as her only brother went missing after the Pinak-6 passenger vessel sank in the Padma river.

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Death Trap 5
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

Two women cry for their missing husbands at the Mawa Ferry Ghat after after the sinking of the Pinak-6 passenger vessel.

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Death Trap 6
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A women is cries with her family members at the Mawa Ferry Ghat near Dhaka after her husband and only son went missing after the Pinak-6 passenger vessel is sank in the Padma River.

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Death Trap 7
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A Bangladesh Navy diver signals that he has found another dead body from the sunken Pinak-6 passenger vessel.

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Death Trap 8
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

Locals gather at at Mawa Ferry Ghat near Dhaka after the Pinak-6 passenger vessel sank just offshore as it crossed to the other side of the river.

August 4, 2014

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Death Trap 23
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
25 Jul 2014

An overloaded passenger vessel at Sadarghat Launch Terminal, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 27 July 2014. Overloading is one of the reasons for the sinking of passenger vessels.

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Death Surge: Bangladesh's Capsizing R...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

May 2014-January 2015

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Located on the delta of the Ganges river, Bangladesh is a country of waterways. There are around 300 rivers in Bangladesh, which make up 24,140 km of waterways. For this reason, river transportation is used more than road or rail transportation.

However, poorly designed transport boats, poor maintenance, recruitment of unskilled boat drivers, and the overloading of transport vessels are resulting in catastrophic boat disasters which kill thousands. It has been reported that in last 15 years there have been 573 boat accidents. These accidents have claimed the lives of more than 5000 people, and left around 1000 people missing and unaccounted for.  

River transport is particularly popular amongst Bangladesh’s poor, as it is much cheaper than overland transport. As a result, most victims of riverboat disasters come from poor backgrounds, as they have no choice but to travel by boat. Many of those who require transport in the first place are the primary breadwinners of a family, as they need to travel to and from work. Therefore, those most affected by these tragic disasters are some of Bangladesh’s most vulnerable. Many of those killed leave behind dependent and impoverished families.

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Death Trap 10
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

Navy divers have recover the body of a dead child who was killed the MV Miraj-4 passenger vessel capsized on the Meghna River near Munshigonj, Dhaka. On that sunken passenger vessel 54 people died and 250 went missing.

May 16, 2014