AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501


The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia on 18 March 2015 had announced the withdrawal of all SAR vessels and sea divers back to their base, officially putting an end to the seven-day extension of the SAR operations for QZ 8501.

Throughout the seven-day period, BASARNAS located 3 additional remains suspected to be that of QZ8501 passengers from the sea floor in the Karimata Strait. The three remains located on 14 March 2015 are now being identified at RS Bhayangkara, Surabaya.

The Disaster Victim Identification Police Department Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) today announced that 1 passenger has been identified as Sharon Michelle Ang (Female, Indonesian), bringing the total number of identified passengers to 97.

Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia said, “On behalf of the AirAsia family, I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank BASARNAS, DVI POLRI and the entire team involved in this effort for their immeasurable support. These past two and a half months have been extremely difficult but we are forever grateful for the unwavering support, encouragement and love we have received in our effort to support the families and loved ones of those on board QZ 8501.”

Sunu Widyatmoko, President Director of AirAsia Indonesia added, “Our crisis center in Mahameru Hall, East Java Region Police Headquarter is officially closed today. AirAsia has activated an information center reserved for families and relatives in order to ensure that they remain assisted when requiring further legal administrative assistance as well as informed on the identification results."

As the SAR operations come to an end, AirAsia and BASARNAS invite the families and relatives of QZ 8501 passengers to join a one-day trip to Pangkalan Bun and Karimata Strait on Sunday, 22 March 2015 and sow flowers at sea to commemorate their loved ones.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ 8501.

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