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Airborne Annual Report 2020

Airborne is a department of Sea-Watch e.V. which monitors the Central Mediterranean using the reconnaissance aircraft Moonbird and Seabird, in order to document human rights violations and spot people in distress. These operations are conducted together with the Swiss NGO Humanitarian Pilots Initiative. The purpose of the following Annual Report 2020 is to provide an overview…

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Airborne Factsheet November 2020 – January 2021

This factsheet presents a summary of distress cases witnessed by Sea-Watch’s Airborne crew from the aircraft Moonbird.* From November 2020 to January 2021, primarily due to bad weather in the Central Mediterranean Sea, we flew only 16 missions with a total flight time of 73 hours and 22 minutes. We spotted around 165 persons in…

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3 questions to the crew of our airplanes – Pt. 3

„I believe that sealing someone’s fate should not happen at sea when one is in total despair but according to human rights laws and professional insights into someone’s whereabouts. As long as the European Union fails to act according to its responsibility to uphold such rights, it’s important to support other actors.“ We asked our…

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3 questions to the crew of the Sea-Watch 3 – Pt. 5

We ask 3 questions to the shipyard crew of the Sea-Watch 3. Nils is on board as a captain. As the EU’s current inhumane policies are not improving the situation in the Mediterranean, he is helping to get the Sea-Watch 3 back on mission as soon as possible. Why do we need ships like the…

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3 questions to the crew of our airplanes – Pt. 2

“I did not think a lot about refugees at Europe’s borders until I saw the situation with my own eyes. I wish more people would be able to have a closer look at what happens in the Mediterranean.” We asked our airborne crew 3 questions. After 32 years as a commercial pilot, Ditmar wanted to use…

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