AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501

AS PER 9 JANUARY 2015 19:00 HRS LT (GMT+7)

SURABAYA, 9TH JANUARY 2015 – The SAR Operation led by The National SAR Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia continues today with marginally better weather and clear visibility for the sea divers to recover more remains and debris of QZ 8501’s aircraft from the sea.

Sea divers were also deployed to attach the floating bags on the aircraft’s tail piece in order to lift it out from water. Meanwhile, BASARNAS also assures that passengers search and evacuation are still the main priority and the black box search is still underway.

As of this morning, BASARNAS confirms to have recovered seven more remains in which the seven remains have already arrived at Pangkalan Bun.

Meanwhile, passengers’ belongings found in the focused search area are already secured at the crisis center in East Java Region Police Headquarter, Surabaya. AirAsia Indonesia will secure other belongings found during the SAR operations and return them to eligible Next-Of-Kins following a strict screening process.

The Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Police Department of Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) today announced that they were able to identify two more remains known as: Martinus Djomi (male) and Marwin Sholeh (male).

To date, BASARNAS has confirmed to have recovered a total of 48 remains of which 27 remains have been identified by DVI POLRI and 21 remains are still being identified.

AirAsia Indonesia would like to take this opportunity to urge the public seeking progress on the search and evacuation and identification process of QZ 8501 passengers to refer solely to official information from BASARNAS and DVI POLRI.

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

Note to Editors: We ask that members of the news media do not call the AirAsia Emergency Call Centre, as this line is reserved for family members seeking information about those who may have been on board.

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