7 bodies recovered; prayers continue
AirAsia Indonesia Update
As of 31 December 2014 20:00 HRS LT (GMT+7)
(Philippine time is GMT +8)
SURABAYA – AirAsia Indonesia wishes to update that The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia and other relevant authorities continue to search and recover the passengers of QZ 8501 in the Karimata Strait area.
Earlier today, Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia and AirAsia management visited the military base in Pangkalan Bun to meet with key stakeholders of the SAR operations. Fernandes met with Deputy Governor of Central Kalimantan, Achmad Diran; Deputy of Potential Search And Rescue (SAR), Marsekal Muda TNI Sunarbowo Sandi; Joint Operation Chief Territory II, Marsekal Muda TNI Abdul Muis; Joint Operation Chief Territory I, Marsekal Muda TNI Agus Dwi Putranto; Central Kalimantan Police Chief, Brigadier General Hermanu and Deputy of Operation Search And Rescue (SAR), Marsekal Pertama TNI Supriyadi.
Fernandes said: “I continue to be humbled and touched by the incredible efforts and professionalism put forth by BASARNAS, Army, Navy, Air Force and Police of Indonesia. The search and rescue operations were unfortunately hampered by bad weather today but I am hopeful they will be able to resume the search tomorrow.”
To date, BASARNAS has confirmed to have recovered a total of seven remains, which were transported to the military base in Pangkalan Bun, Borneo. Two of the seven remains were transported to Bayangkara Hospital in Surabaya for identification by Disaster Victim Identification of Police Department Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI).
AirAsia’s main focus remains on the well-being of the families affected by this tragedy.
Further information will be released as soon as it becomes available. An emergency call centre has been established and available for families seeking information.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ8501.
- Debris of the aircraft was found in the Karimata Strait around 110 nautical miles south west from Pangkalan Bun.
- The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots, 4 cabin crews and one engineer.
- BBC quoted AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes saying the search had now been narrowed, with all assets involved in the search being moved to two areas where the aircraft could be.
- Even as strong winds and two meter waves slowed down the recovery of bodies and debris, with helicopters mostly grounded and divers prevented from searching the waters, Mr. Fernandes said ships already in place are continuing the search. They were expecting to operate round the clock. The weather is forecast to deteriorate further, with heavy rains until Friday.
Nationalities of passengers:
3 South Korea
1 United Kingdom
- 23 no shows
Nationalities of crew:
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