Devastated relatives of AirAsia crash victims collapsed in grief and were taken to hospital after an Indonesian television station televised disturbing images of swollen bodies floating in the sea, The New Paper reported.
The decision to broadcast the uncensored images on live television has led to severe criticism of news channel TV One.
Grieving friends and relatives of passengers sat sobbing quietly into tissues and gazed into thin air as they took in the news and realized that the ‘bodies could be their relatives.
Local officials had to be drafted in to stop press from entering the building, according to Time Magazine.
Teams quest for the missing AirAsia flight 8501 today found scores of dead bodies, luggage, a plane door and an emergency slide floating in the water off the coast of Borneo Island.
President Jokowi is on his way to Surabaya airport pic.twitter.com/9FzSTUvYZk
— Michael Bachelard (@mbachelard) December 30, 2014
— The New Paper (@thenewpaper) December 30, 2014
Relatives of the 162 people missing on the plane hugged each other and burst into tears in Surabaya, where the missing Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 plane departed from, as they watched footage showing a body floating in the sea on a television feed of a press conference in Jakarta.
A body was found in the sea Tuesday during the search for missing Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501, Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) chief F.H. Bambang Soelistyo said.