Indonesia military to accommodate AirAsia family members who want to participate in search

Indonesia military to accommodate AirAsia family members who want to participate in search
Indonesian military commander Gen. Moeldoko says that his institution is willing to accommodate the family members of AirAsia flight QZ8501 victims to join the Search and Rescue (SAR) operations to the search area.

Indonesian military commander Gen. Moeldoko says that his institution is willing to accommodate the family members of AirAsia flight QZ8501 victims to join the Search and Rescue (SAR) operations to the search area.

"If they want, we can take them with our Hercules to Pangkalan Bun [Central Kalimantan] and from there they can go to the search area with one of our KRI [naval vessels]," Moeldoko told the press on Monday.

"I believe that their participation in the search mission will help reduce the feeling of loss and sadness. If they want to toss flowers to the sea, we can prepare that as well."

He said that he had communicated this idea personally to the family members and relatives of the 162 people on board the Airbus A320-200 plane, which struck the waters off Pangkalan Bun on Dec. 28, 2014.

In addition, National Police chief Gen. Sutarman vowed that the police's Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team would be able to identify all the bodies of AirAsia passengers and crew.

"Our DVI team is capable of identifying the bodies, no matter how damaged their condition. But of course we will need more time if we do not recover the body as one piece," Sutarman said, adding that the team might take up to three weeks to identify fully damaged bodies.

He said that the DVI team consists of 260 forensic pathologists including professionals from Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Australia.

 

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