AirAsia Indonesia has issued a press release confirming that the debris found earlier today is from Flight QZ8501. The low-cost carrier also said that their thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of passengers and colleagues on board QZ8501.
AirAsia Indonesia regrets to inform that The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) today (Dec 30) confirmed that the debris found earlier today is indeed from QZ8501, the flight which lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of Dec 28, 2014.
The 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.
At the present time, search and rescue operations are still in progress and further investigation of the debris found at the location is still underway. AirAsia Indonesia employees have been sent to the site and will be fully cooperating with BASARNAS, National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), and relevant authorities on the investigation.
Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia said: "We are sorry to be here today under these tragic circumstances. We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ8501. Our sympathies also go out to the families of our dear colleagues."
Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia added: "I am absolutely devastated. This is a very difficult moment for all of us at AirAsia as we await further developments of the search and rescue operations but our first priority now is the wellbeing of the family members of those onboard QZ8501."
AirAsia Indonesia will be inviting family members to Surabaya, where a dedicated team of care providers will be assigned to each family to ensure that all of their needs are met. Counsellors, religious and spiritual personnel have also been invited to the family centre to provide any necessary services.
Further information will be released as soon as it is available.
An emergency call centre has been established and available for families seeking information. Family members of QZ8501can contact the following numbers for more information:
- Malaysia: +60 3 21795959
- Indonesia: +62 2129270811
- Singapore: +65 63077688
- Korea: 007 98142069940