The first victim of AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ 8501 is identified

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AirAsia Indonesia (Indonesia AirAsia) (Jakarta) missing flight QZ 8501 has yielded its first identified victim. 162 passengers and crew member were on board the ill-fated flight from Surabaya to Singapore. The body of Hayati Lutfiah Hamid has been confirmed by fingerprints according to F. World.

Searchers continue to look on the Java Sea bed for the main wreckage of the Airbus A320-200.

On earlier reports that the fuselage may have been located (rough seas are hampering the effort), AirAsia Group CEO said on Twitter:

“I am hoping that the latest information is correct and aircraft has been found. Please all hope together. This is so important.”

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AirAsia Indonesia issued this statement yesterday:

AirAsia Indonesia wishes to update that The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia and other relevant authorities continue to search and recover the passengers of QZ 8501 in the Karimata Strait area.

Earlier today, Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia and AirAsia management visited the military base in Pangkalan Bun to meet with key stakeholders of the SAR operations. Fernandes met with Deputy Governor of Central Kalimantan, Achmad Diran; Deputy of Potential Search And Rescue (SAR), Marsekal Muda TNI Sunarbowo Sandi; Joint Operation Chief Territory II, Marsekal Muda TNI Abdul Muis; Joint Operation Chief Territory I, Marsekal Muda TNI Agus Dwi Putranto; Central Kalimantan Police Chief, Brigadier General Hermanu and Deputy of Operation Search And Rescue (SAR), Marsekal Pertama TNI Supriyadi.

Fernandas said: “I continue to be humbled and touched by the incredible efforts and professionalism put forth by BASARNAS, Army, Navy, Air Force and Police of Indonesia. The search and rescue operations were unfortunately hampered by bad weather today but I am hopeful they will be able to resume the search tomorrow.”

To date, BASARNAS has confirmed to have recovered a total of seven remains, which were transported to the military base in Pangkalan Bun, Borneo. Two of the seven remains were transported to Bayangkara Hospital in Surabaya for identification by Disaster Victim Identification of Police Department Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI).

AirAsia’s main focus remains on the wellbeing of the families affected by this tragedy.

Further information will be released as soon as it becomes available. An emergency call centre has been established and available for families seeking information.

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