KUCHING - Sii Chung Huei, the sole Malaysian passenger in the Indonesia AirAsia QZ8501 crash, arrived home to loved ones and friends who gathered to pay their final respects.
His body was flown home on a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) aircraft from Surabaya yesterday, accompanied by his wife Annie Wong, two of their three children and other family members.
The Hercules C-130, piloted by Lt-Kol Nor Mohamad Jafri Suboh and co-pilot Kapt Mohamad Samsul Mohamad Yusoff, landed at the RMAF base here at 2.20pm, 50 minutes later than its scheduled arrival due to poor weather.
Relatives and church friends were present at the base to receive Sii's remains. Also present were staff from Universiti Teknologi Mara Sarawak, where Wong is a senior lecturer in the business and management faculty.
After a hymn and prayers at the base, the casket was brought to the family's house and later to the Nirvana Memorial Park.
Sii, 56, was one of 162 people on the flight to Singapore from Surabaya when it crashed in the Java Sea on Dec 28.
The father of two girls and a boy was a businessman from here who was based in Surabaya.
It was reported that his body was found by the Indonesian search team on Feb 5 and identified on Monday through DNA testing before being handed over to his family.
He will be laid to rest at the Nirvana Memorial Park in Siniawan, near here, today.