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AirAsia Flight 8501: Searchers Find 4 Large Pieces of Jet Plane

AirAsia Flight 8501: Searchers Find 4 Large Pieces of Jet Plane

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PHOTO: This photograph from April 2014 shows Indonesia AirAsia’s Airbus A320-200 PK-AXC in the air near Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport.


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Ships with sensitive sonar equipment found four large sections of AirAsia Flight 8501, Indonesian officials said Saturday.

The objects were found close together at 30 meters in the Java Sea in the sixth day of the operation. Officials told reporters that sonar located the plane parts, which are about 7.2 x 0.5 meters and 9.4 x 4.8 x 0.4 meters long. Weather conditions have stalled an effort to recover the objects.

At least 30 bodies of victims have been recovered, authorities said earlier.

Five of the victims were found still strapped in their seats, Indonesian navy official Col. Yayan Sofiyan said.

Bambang Soelistyo, head of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency, said the search would be stepped up as long as the weather allowed.

“We will focus on underwater detection,” said Soelistyo, adding ships from Indonesia, Malaysia,Singapore and the United States had been on the scene from before dawn today to try to pinpoint the wreckage and the all-important black boxes, or the flight data and cockpit voice recorders.

The Airbus A320 crashed into the Java Sea Sunday with 162 people on board. A number of the bodies were found by a U.S. Navy ship, said Suryadi B. Supriyadi, operation coordinator for the National Search and Rescue Agency.

Nine planes, many with metal detectors, scoured an 8,380-square-mile area off Pangkalan Bun, the closest town on Borneo island to the search area. Two Japanese ships with three helicopters are on their way to the area, Soelistyo said.

But he said bad weather, which has hindered the search the past several days, was a worry, with forecasts of rain, strong winds and high waves up to 13 feet until Sunday. The strong sea currents have kept debris moving.

PHOTO: Crew members of an Indonesian Air Force Super Puma helicopter of the 6th Air Squadron look out of the windows during a search operation for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 over Java Sea, Indonesia, Jan. 1, 2015.
Crew members of an Indonesian Air Force Super Puma helicopter of the 6th Air Squadron look out of the windows during a search operation for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 over Java Sea, Indonesia.

He estimated that the fuselage was at a depth of about 80 to 100 feet, and vowed to recover the bodies of “our brothers and sisters … whatever the conditions we face.”

It’s unclear what brought down the plane during its flight from Surabaya to Singapore. It lost contact with air traffic controllers over the Java Sea shortly after the pilots requested a change of flight plan because of weather.

So far, an evacuation slide, a life jacket, an emergency side door and some luggage have been recovered. The water is less than 100 feet deep in the area where the objects were found, officials said.

PHOTO: Indonesian air force personnel carry parts of a plane found floating on the water near the site where AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared, at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Jan. 2, 2015.
Indonesian air force personnel carry parts of a plane found floating on the water near the site where AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared, at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Jan. 2, 2015.

There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and one infant. Also on board were two pilots, four cabin crew and one engineer, according to the airline.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

AirAsia Search Teams Found Dead Victims Holding Hands In The Water

AirAsia Search Teams Found Dead Victims Holding Hands In The Water

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Indonesian Lieutenant Airman Tri Wobowo, a pilot who was among the first to identify debris from AirAsia flight QZ8501, reported that some victims found in the wreckage appeared to have held hands as the plane crashed into the ocean.

“There are seven to eight people,” he said. “Three [of them] again hold hands.”

On Thursday morning, the first bodies returned to Juanda Airport near Surabaya, Indonesia. One woman found with a small boy arrived in a wooden casket with purple flowers on top. The Daily Mail reports other bodies will remain on a ship until the severe weather clears. Officials asked family members to provide DNA for identification while others also handed over photos and descriptions of special markings on loved ones.

Fisherman Mohammed Taha, 38, spotted debris before anyone else.

“I found a lot of debris — small and large — in the Tujuh islands,” he said. “The largest was four metres long and two metres wide. They were red coloured with white silver. It looked like the AirAsia colours.”

The navy recovered 40 bodies on Tuesday, along with a plane door and oxygen tanks. Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and America provided a total of 30 ships and 21 aircraft. Authorities canceled rescue operations on Thursday due to severe storms. Pilots spotted debris 100 miles off the Indonesian coast, but these severe stormsmay “have already dispersed floating wreckage more than 30 miles from the crash site.” Local media outlets actually aired live video of dead bodies floating in the water, which caused people to “collapse in grief.”

“My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ8501,” AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes tweeted. “On behalf of AirAsia, my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.”

Leaked image points to ‘unbelievably’ steep climb before AirAsia crash

Leaked image points to ‘unbelievably’ steep climb before AirAsia crash

Siva Govindasamy, Reuters

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Radar data being examined by investigators appeared to show that AirAsia Flight QZ8501 made an “unbelievably” steep climb before it crashed, possibly pushing it beyond the Airbus A320’s limits, said a source familiar with the probe’s initial findings.

The data was transmitted before the aircraft disappeared from the screens of air traffic controllers in Jakarta on Sunday, added the source, who declined to be identified.

“So far, the numbers taken by the radar are unbelievably high. This rate of climb is very high, too high. It appears to be beyond the performance envelope of the aircraft,” he said.

The source added that the data on which those assumptions had been made were incomplete. Colleagues and friends of the Indonesian captain on board have described him as an experienced and professional pilot.

The preliminary findings sharpen the focus on the role bad weather and the crew’s reaction to storms and clouds in the area had to play in the plane’s crash into the Java Sea which killed all 162 people on board.

Finding the six-year-old plane’s cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR), more commonly known as black boxes, was vital to complement the radar data already available.

“With the CVR and FDR, we can establish what went on in the cockpit and what was going on with the aircraft. We can conclude if the radar information is accurate,” added the source.

CLIMBING TOO SLOWLY?

At 6.12 a.m. on Sunday, 36 minutes after taking off from Surabaya’s Juanda Airport on a flight to Singapore, the pilot asked for permission to climb to 38,000ft from 32,000ft and deviate to the left to avoid bad weather.

Two minutes later, Jakarta responded by asking QZ8501 to go left seven miles and climb to 34,000ft. There was no response from the cockpit. The aircraft was still detected by the ATC’s radar before disappearing at 6.18 a.m.

An image that was reportedly leaked from AirNav Indonesia, which manages the country’s air space, and shared on several websites, appeared to show QZ8501 at an altitude of 36,300ft and climbing at a speed of 353 knots.

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Radar image that was reportedly leaked from AirNav Indonesia. Source : Twitter

The source declined to confirm if that image was accurate. Officials from AirNav Indonesia declined to comment.

Two veteran pilots told Reuters that, if accurate, the image and information released so far pointed to the fact that the aircraft may have climbed suddenly and then lost speed.

This can result in the aircraft stalling in mid-air before plunging to the sea, they said.

One pilot explained that an A320 would cruise at a speed of around Mach 0.78 while at an altitude of 32,000ft. That translates into roughly 516 knots.

“If you encounter turbulence, you go slower at what we call the turbulence penetration speed to get through it. If you climb to avoid turbulence, you slow down to have a better climb rate. That could be around Mach 0.76,” he said. “But if you climb suddenly and start to lose speed, you will stall.”

The source close to the probe said other aircraft in the area at the time of the crash were flying at higher altitudes. Aircraft tracking website flightradar24.com said that they were at between 34,000 and 39,000 feet.

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This picture taken and released by Presidential Palace shows Indonesian President Joko Widodo (C) speaking in an Air force aircraft Hercules C-130 during the search and locate (SAL) operation for the missing AirAsia flight.  (AFP Photo)

“We know that there was severe local weather and big clouds. But they (the other planes) were higher and did not appear to encounter any major problems. We want to look into that too,” added the source.

Industry sources told Reuters that there could be parallels between this incident and the crash of Air France flight AF447 in 2009.

The investigation into that Airbus A330 showed that the co-pilot lost speed readings due to icing on the airframe.

His panic reaction meant that he kept trying to climb despite repeated stall warnings, and the crew failed to recognize the situation, eventually sending the aircraft plunging into the Atlantic.

Incidents like these show that the margin for error at higher altitudes is smaller than at takeoff or lower down, say industry experts.

They add that the A320’s systems usually prevent pilots from doing anything outside usual safe flight parameters. But these protections can be disabled in some circumstances, handing control to the pilots and leaving it to manual flying skills.

Video: Bodies of AirAsia crash victims brought to land

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AirAsia QZ8501: Officials say debris is missing plane

AirAsia QZ8501: Officials say debris is missing plane

Relative of victim at Surabaya airport - 30 December
Families had to endure an agonizing wait for news

Indonesian officials have confirmed that bodies and debris found in the Java Sea off Borneo are from AirAsia flight QZ8501 that went missing on Sunday, a statement by AirAsia says.

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes said he was “devastated” by the news.

President Joko Widodo told media he had instructed all search teams to focus on finding the passengers and crew.

The Airbus A320-200, carrying 162 people from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, disappeared on Sunday.

The head of Indonesia’s search operation, Bambang Soelistyo, says three bodies have been retrieved, not 40 as previously stated by naval officials.

President Widodo says efforts will focus on recovering bodies

The discovery came on the third day of searching. A navy spokesman said rescuers were “very busy now” with the salvage operation.

‘Families are priority’

The AirAsia statement said the remains were found in the Karimata Strait, south-west of Pangkalan Bun in the Borneo province of Central Kalimantan.

Mr Fernandes said: “I am absolutely devastated.”

He told a news conference there could now be an end to uncertainty for everyone involved.

“This is a scar with me for the rest of my life. It doesn’t change anything, there is at least some closure as opposed to not knowing what’s happened and holding out hope.”

The AirAsia statement said family members would be assigned care providers and an emergency call centre would be set up for those seeking information.

BBC map showing last communication of AirAsia flight QZ8501

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The pilot’s wife (pictured right, with headscarf) was among those waiting for news at Surabaya airport

 

Indonesian air force crew carry what is believed to be slide from missing plane to military base in Pangkalan Bun - 30 December
Searchers have found what they think is the missing plane’s slide.

 

Debris floating in the Java Sea
Pictures of debris were taken by search and rescue aircraft.

 

In a news conference shortly after the discovery was confirmed, President Widodo urged relatives to be strong in facing “this difficult moment”.

“I have instructed all the teams to focus on finding the passengers and crew,” he said.

The first debris from the plane was spotted earlier on Tuesday. Pictures of debris and bodies were shown on Indonesian TV. Relatives of passengers on the plane watching the pictures were visibly shocked.

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At the scene: Alice Budisatrijo, BBC News, Surabaya airport

They had been hoping for a miracle, but in the end they had to watch the worst possible news.

Relatives of the passengers screamed and wailed as local television networks showed pictures of what was clearly a human body floating in the water.

Grown men put their hands to their faces. At least two people collapsed and were taken out of the room on stretchers.

The mayor of Surabaya, Tri Rismaharini, went from one crying relative to another, and at one point walked out with a grieving man, while telling him: “We don’t have a choice. Today this happens to you, tomorrow it may happen to me. Nobody knows. So you have to be strong. Our lives belong to God.”

It’s been a trying and exhausting wait for the more than 100 relatives who have been gathering in that room, but no-one could have been prepared for this ending.

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The head of the search operation, Mr Soelistyo, said that a shadow was also spotted under the water, which appeared to be in the shape of a plane.

All resources were now being sent to the area where the debris was found, he said.

Mr Soelistyo added that ships with more sophisticated technology were being deployed to check whether larger parts of the plane were submerged beneath the debris.

AFP journalist Bay Ismoyo, who took some of the first photos of the debris, said he saw “an orange object floating on the waters”.

“We saw an unusual object floating. We tried to zoom in and we recognised what looks like a life vest.”

At least 30 ships, 15 aircraft and seven helicopters joined the operation when it resumed at 06:00 local time on Tuesday (23:00 GMT Monday).

The operation, led by Indonesia, includes assistance from Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, with other offers of help from South Korea, Thailand, China and France. The US destroyer USS Sampson is on its way to the zone.

On board the plane were 137 adult passengers, 17 children and one infant, along with two pilots and five crew.

Most were Indonesian but the passengers included one UK national, a Malaysian, a Singaporean and three South Koreans.

AirAsia previously had an excellent safety record and there were no fatal accidents involving its aircraft.

At least 40 bodies, debris found in search for missing AirAsia plane

At least 40 bodies, debris found in search for missing AirAsia plane

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At least 40 bodies have been found in the area where AirAsia Flight 8501 last made contact with air traffic controllers, along with debris from the plane.

The bodies were found in the Java Sea about six miles from the plane’s last known point of contact. The plane disappeared Sunday with 162 people on board traveling from Surbaya, Indonesia to Singapore.

The bodies were were not wearing life jackets, according to Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Director, SB Supriyadi.

Rescue workers were shown on local TV being lowered on ropes from a hovering helicopter to retrieve bodies. Efforts were hindered by 6-foot waves and strong winds, Supriyadi said, adding that several bodies were later picked up by a navy ship.

“The warship Bung Tomo has retrieved 40 bodies and the number is growing. They are very busy now,” a navy spokesman added.

Sky News also reports that the “shadow” of a jet has been spotted on the seabed.

Crews in dozens of planes, helicopters and ships looking for the aircraft discovered what appeared to be a life jacket and an emergency exit door, according to The Associated Press. Part of the plane’s interior, including an oxygen tank, was brought to the nearest town, Pangkalan Bun, along with a bright blue plastic suitcase that appeared to be in perfect condition.

Family members watched the graphic details unfold on local television. Indonesian television showed a half-naked bloated body bobbing in the sea. Many screamed and another man fainted and was rushed from the room on a stretcher.

Tony Fernandes, the CEO of AirAsia, offered his condolences in a message on his Twitter account.

Pilots of the jet had been worried about the weather on Sunday and sought permission to climb above threatening clouds, but were denied due to heavy air traffic. Minutes later, the jet was gone from the radar without issuing a distress signal.

The suspected crash caps an astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia, and Malaysia in particular. Malaysia-based AirAsia’s loss comes on top of the still-unsolved disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March with 239 people aboard, and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July over Ukraine, which killed all 298 passengers and crew.

Nearly all the passengers and crew are Indonesians, who are frequent visitors to Singapore, particularly on holidays.

Ifan Joko, 54, said that despite the tragic news he is still hoping for a miracle. His brother, Charlie Gunawan, along with his wife, their three children and two other family members, were traveling to Singapore on the plane to ring in the New Year.

“I know the plane has crashed, but I cannot believe my brother and his family are dead,” he said, wiping a tear. “… We still pray they are alive.”

Several countries are helping Indonesia retrieve the wreckage and the passengers.

The United States on Tuesday announced it was sending the USS Sampson destroyer, joining at least 30 ships, 15 aircraft and seven helicopters in the search for the jet, said Indonesia’s Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo.

A Chinese frigate was also on the way, while Singapore said it was sending two underwater beacon detectors to try to detect pings from the plane’s all-important cockpit voice and flight data recorders. Malaysia, Australia and Thailand also are involved in the search.

Indonesia Seeks US Help Finding Plane

Indonesia Seeks US Help Finding Plane

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A crew of an Indonesian Air Force C-130 airplane of the 31st Air Squadron uses binoculars to scan the horizon during a search operation for the missing AirAsia flight 8501 jetliner over the waters of the Karimata Strait in Indonesia, Dec. 29, 2014.

Indonesia has asked the United States for help in locating the AirAsia jet that went missing on Sunday carrying 162 people, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

“Today we received a request for assistance locating the airplane, and we are reviewing that request to find out how best we can meet Indonesia’s request for assistance,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told a regular news briefing.

Rathke said the Indonesian request was made via a diplomatic note to the U.S. embassy in Jakarta. He declined to give details of the request.

The request came hours after the head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said the missing AirAsia jet is likely on the “bottom of the sea.”

Bambang Sulistyo told reporters in Jakarta Monday the Airbus 320 with 162 people on board is presumed to have crashed Sunday off the Indonesia coast in the Java Sea.

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AirAsia QZ8501 Flight Path

“Based on the coordinates given to us and the evaluation that the estimated crash position is in the sea, the hypothesis is that the plane is at the bottom of the sea,” Sulistyo said.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he has ordered a review of the country’s aviation procedures following the plane’s disappearance.

“I was very shocked and I could feel the concern, the frustration and the sadness experienced by the families of passengers, and I believe (this was) also felt by all the people of Indonesia,” Widodo said.

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said 30 ships and 15 aircraft – both planes and helicopters – are involved in the search for the missing AirAsia flight that went missing early Sunday.

The vice president noted that Malaysia Flight 370, which vanished in March in deep waters off the coast of Australia, has still not been located, and other jetliners that went missing in recent years took months or longer to find.

Reports of debris

Indonesian authorities said debris sighted earlier Monday by an Australian search plane was not from AirAsia Flight 8501.

The AirAsia flight was about halfway through its route from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore when it disappeared Sunday morning.

The pilot had asked air traffic controllers for permission to ascend about 1,800 meters to avoid stormy weather.

An Indonesian Transport Ministry official said permission was denied because another plane was flying in the area. After that, communication went silent. Controllers did not receive any distress call from the pilot.

The head of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes, said Sunday the airline’s top priority is taking care of the families of the passengers and crew, and fully cooperating with the investigation.

The passengers include 149 Indonesians, three South Koreans, and one each from Britain, Malaysia, and Singapore. The seven-member crew included six Indonesians and a French co-pilot.

Aiding in search

A massive international search for the missing aircraft is ongoing. The United States, China and India are among the countries offering their resources for the operation in what is one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.

Aircraft from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are already involved in the search over what is relatively shallow water – an average depth of 46 meters (150 feet).

Fernandes told reporters that until Flight 8501 on Sunday, AirAsia had “never lost a life.”

“We have carried 220 million people up to this point. Of course, there’s going to be some reaction. But we are confident in our ability to fly people. And we’ll continue to be strong,” Fernandes said.

The captain in command was quite experienced, with more than 20,000 flying hours – roughly 6,000 of those hours with Indonesia AirAsia in the cockpit of the Airbus A320.

The AirAsia plane is the second commercial airliner to disappear in 2014.

No confirmed debris has ever been found after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 lost contact while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March with 239 people aboard.

Did Mysterious Chinese Blogger Predict Disappearance of AirAsia Flight?

Did Mysterious Chinese Blogger Predict Disappearance of AirAsia Flight?

Weibo user warned travelers to avoid AirAsia in series of posts

by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON

Did Mysterious Chinese Blogger Predict Disappearance of AirAsia Flight?

A mysterious user of the Chinese social media network Weibo apparently predicted the disappearance on AirAsia Flight QZ8501 almost two weeks before the plane went missing, urgently warning Chinese nationals not to use the airliner in dozens of posts.

The report, carried by the Epoch Times, relates the story of how the individual “repeatedly warned people away from Malaysia Airlines (and) AirAsia.”


Related: What Really Happened To Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370?


“Do not become another victim of MH370,” warned the individual in a December 15 post, adding that AirAsia was about to be targeted by “powerful” forces which he referred to as the “black hand”.

“This is a life-saving message to Europe or the US tour, do not take AirAsia (or) Malaysia Airlines airliner,” states the translated version of one of the posts.

The user went on to assert that the “black hand” was out to “ruin AirAsia,” Malaysia’s second largest airline company. Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 went missing in March earlier this year, while MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July.

The individual repeated his warning in subsequent posts made on the 16th and 17th of December, writing, “This is a major event in human life, we have to pay attention,” adding, “far from AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines away, cherish life.”

Speculation on the Reddit forum by Chinese users suggests that the posts may have originally been made on the 15th but then later edited with the prediction about AirAsia added after the disappearance of Flight QZ8501.

The user made a total of 39 posts on the subject which were viewed by 650,000 people. After flight QZ8501 disappeared, users returned to the threads to express amazement at the individual’s prediction, speculating that he was an “insider” of some kind or connected to the Malaysian or Chinese government.

Investigators are still hunting for the wreckage of the AirAsia flight, which had 162 passengers on board when it disappeared during a flight from Surabaya to Singapore, with the head of Indonesia’s search-and-rescue team asserting that the plane is likely to be at the bottom of the sea.

No Chinese nationals were on Flight QZ8501 when it went missing.

A separate report carried by Russian news outlet Sputnik claims that “a relative of a missing passenger received a text message from an unknown sender, stating that the plane made an emergency landing and all passengers were alive,” although this was never subsequently confirmed.

Unidentified objects discovered in the Java Sea by an Australian AP-3C Orion patrol aircraft are not likely to be wreckage from the AirAsia Flight.

At Ohio State-Michigan game, missing player looms large

At Ohio State-Michigan game, missing player looms largefootball player missing

A police poster showing Kosta Karageorge, an Ohio State player who has been missing since earlier in the week, is displayed on the large video board at the south end of the field before the start of the Ohio State’s NCAA college football game against Michigan Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s football stadium went silent Saturday as an announcer called out the name of a missing football player and a police poster seeking information on his disappearance appeared on the scoreboard.

Twenty-two-year-old Kosta Karageorge was the last of 24 Ohio State players who were expected to play their final game at Ohio Stadium against rival Michigan. His family says he was last seen Wednesday.

Karageorge failed to show up at an Ohio State practice on Wednesday. He hasn’t been seen since. Volunteers have spread out across Columbus, Ohio — missing persons fliers in hand.

Friends like Craig Thomas are stunned.

He’s never missed a competition,” said Thomas. “Never missed practice.”

“For him to drop off the radar is very unlike him,” said Jeremiah Webber, who coached Karageorge in wrestling for three years.

The seventh-ranked Buckeyes went on to defeat archrival Michigan 42-28. After the game, an emotional coach Urban Meyer addressed the missing player.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with him and his family and to have him return home safe,” Meyer said.

Meyer said the Buckeyes have had an emotional week.

“It’s one of those, all you can do is grab a knee and pray hard,” said Meyer, in his third year coaching the Buckeyes (11-1, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 6 CFP). “Not one person can make it through this kind of week. You need your strength. I know there were a lot of prayers on the team because there are a lot of guys who are friends of Kosta.”

The stadium announcer said the entire university community was concerned about Karageorge and hoping for his safe return. Polite applause from among the 105,000 fans broke the silence at the end of the recognition.

His mother, Susan Karageorge, told authorities he has had several concussions and a few spells of being extremely confused, according to a police report. She said at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday he texted a message that cited the concussions and said, “I am sorry if I am an embarrassment.”

The player from Columbus was last seen at his apartment at around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Team spokesman Jerry Emig said Karageorge missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, which his family says was uncharacteristic.

Karageorge’s parents filed a missing-person’s report Wednesday night, listing him as white, 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, bearded and bald.

“He was only with his us since August, so I didn’t know him that well,” Meyer said. “But I talked to his mom a few times. (The message for him) was just, ‘Come home safe, man.'”

The team’s physician has said he cannot comment on the medical care of student athletes, but officials there are confident in their medical procedures and policies for returning athletes to participation in sports following injuries or illnesses.

The player’s sister, Sophia Karageorge, told The Columbus Dispatch that he apparently was upset, and roommates said he went for a walk, dressed in black from his hat to his boots.

“We’re very concerned that he’s not himself and that he maybe doesn’t know what’s going on,” she told the newspaper.

The former Buckeyes wrestler joined the football team as a walk-on this season.

Israel Confirms Deaths of Missing Teens; Demand ‘Eradicating Hama’

Israel Confirms Deaths of Missing Teens; Demand ‘Eradicating Hama’

Late Monday, Israelis were formally informed that their worst and growing fears about the fate of three kidnapped teens were confirmed. The bodies of the three teens kidnapped while traveling home from school of June 12 were found about 5:00 PM Monday afternoon, partially hidden in a field north of the city of Hebron.

The area where the bodies were found late Monday afternoon by Israeli security forces was immediately declared a closed military zone.

Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Israeli-American citizen Naftali Fraenkel, 16, were kidnapped at a popular hitchhiking station outside the town of Alon Shvut in the Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem.

The kidnapping resulted in an unprecedentedly large national mission to find the missing boys. The military launched ‘Operation Brother’s Keeper’ which also lead to a severe crackdown against the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, thought responsible for the kidnappings and murders of the three boys arrests.

Immediately after the bodies were found and identified, the parents of the missing boys were informed that their children were dead. The news was not announced until after the families had been informed. Military sources tell Israeli news sources that the state of the bodies lead them to believe that the boys were murdered very soon after they were abducted.

Late Thursday Israel named two Hamas members–both still at large–as primary suspects in the abductions and now presumably in the murders. The suspects have been missing since shortly before the boys were kidnapped.

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said, “I was filled with deep sadness upon hearing of the murders of Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrach by Hamas terrorists,” and called for Israel to undertake a campaign with the goal of “eradicating Hamas.”