It’s with great sadness that we report that wreckage, including at least 40 bodies, have been found following the crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 over the weekend. Upon learning of the news, family and close friends of the 162 passengers and air crew were visibly left grief stricken.
As per The Daily Beats…
Teams searching for AirAsia Flight 8501 have found more than 40 bodies along with debris floating in the Java Sea southwest of Borneo, and the airline has now confirmed in an official statement that the debris “is indeed from QZ8501,” the flight that lost contact with air-traffic control on the morning of the 28th.
At least three bodies had been recovered by Tuesday evening local time and a ship was being dispatched to ferry the remains to the nearest city. Searchers reported seeing a large shadow on the seabed, suggesting the crashed jet has been located.
Sunu Widyatmoko, chief executive officer of AirAsia Indonesia, said in a statement: “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, the 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 well being of the family members of those onboard QZ8501.”
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