AirAsia media statement on QZ8501

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  • Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014

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PETALING JAYA: Indonesia AirAsia regretfully informed that Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) confirmed that the debris found earlier Tuesday is from flight QZ8501.

The airline said the debris of the aircraft was found in the Karimata Strait, around 110 nautical miles (203km) south west from Pangkalan Bun.

"The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC.

"There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were two pilots, four cabin crews and an engineer," it said in a statement Tuesday.

"AirAsia Indonesia employees have been sent to the site and will be fully cooperating with Basarnas, National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), and relevant authorities on the investigation", the airline added.

Its chief executive officer Sunu Widyatmoko said the airline extended its sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board the aircraft.

"We are sorry to be here today under these tragic circumstances. Our sympathies also go out to the families of our dear colleagues," he said.

AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said he was absolutely devasted by the recent development in the search and rescue operation.

"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," he said.

AirAsia will be inviting family members to Surabaya, where a dedicated team of care providers will be assigned to each family to ensure that all of their needs are met.

Counsellors, religious and spiritual personnel have also been invited to the family centre to provide any necessary services.

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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