SINGAPORE: AirAsia has arranged for 27 next-of-kin of the passengers on board QZ8501 to fly back to Indonesia following the missing aircraft incident.
In a joint statement issued by the republic's Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore on Monday, 11 family members were sent back to Indonesia Monday in additional to the 16 relatives who flew back on Sunday evening.
It said the they have been given support by counsellors and care officers from Singapore's Ministry of Social and Family Development and Changi Airport Group (CAG) on Sunday and Monday at a special holding room for them at the airport.
"While some of them have opted to remain home and in their hotel, the care officers have continued to provide them with updates and assistance," the statement read at 7.30pm Monday.
The statement also said that this afternoon, Singapore also offered additional equipment and personnel from Maritime and Port of Authority of Singapore (MPA) including a side scan sonar system and a robotic remotely operated vehicle for the aircraft's search efforts.
Indonesian air traffic control lost contact with the Singapore-bound Airbus A320-200 aircraft at 6.24 am (Western Indonesian time, an hour behind Malaysian time) as it was flying with 155 passengers and seven crew members on board yesterday.
It was supposed to arrive at 8.30am Sunday at Changi Airport here.