Hoping for a miracle of survival: Indonesia AirAsia CEO

AirAsia Indonesia chief executive Sunu Widyatmoko (right) giving a press conference with Surabaya Search and Rescue Agency head Hernanto (left) and PT Angkasa Pura 1 president-director Tommy Soetomo on 30 December 2014 at Surabaya's Juanda International Airport Terminal 2.

SURABAYA: Although the chances of anyone surviving the Flight QZ8501 crash last Sunday are slim indeed, Indonesia AirAsia CEO Sunu Widyatmoko is still hoping for a miracle.

"Our focus remains on the evacuation process, and we are hoping for a miracle to find survivors," he told reporters after receiving the first two bodies at Juanda International Airport here yesterday.

The two bodies, still unidentified, were flown from Pangkalan Bun in Kalimantan province where Indonesian searchers recovered debris and several bodies.

The remains would be brought to the Disaster Victim Identification centre at Bhayankara Hospital.

East Java governor Soekarwo said it would take two days to process the bodies before they are handed to the families.

The investigation process will take two weeks, he said.

National Search and Rescue Agency Surabaya head M. Hernanto also said that bad weather had hampered the evacuation.