Missing AirAsia flight QZ8501: Pilot 'a caring man'

YOGYAKARTA - The pilot of missing Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501, Captain Iriyanto, is a very caring man who has never failed to help those in need, his nephew told local news media.

"He is always helping people. If there is a sick relative who needs help, my uncle would be there," the nephew, identified only as Doni, told Indonesian news portal Detik.com.

"If there are money problems in the family, he would surely help," said Doni, who lives in Surabaya. He added that Iriyanto is married with two school-going children and his wife is a homemaker.

According to a media statement by AirAsia, Iriyanto had clocked 6,100 hours of flying time while the French first officer Remi Emmanual Plesel had logged 2,275 hours.