Air boss’s sadness as bodies found

Published: Tuesday 30th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Airline boss Tony Fernandes said his heart was “filled with sadness” after s everal bodies were found floating in the sea near where a missing AirAsia flight was last seen.

Earlier, an Indonesia National Search and Rescue spokesman said several pieces of debris seen floating off Borneo might be linked to the missing Flight 8501.

The plane with 162 people on board disappeared on Sunday on its way from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore after encountering storm clouds.

Mr Fernandes, the AirAsia chief executive, said: “My heart is filled with sadness. Words cannot express how sorry I am. O n behalf of AirAsia, my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.”

In a further tweet, Mr Fernandes said: “I am rushing to Surabaya. Whatever we can do at AirAsia we will be doing.”

A British national, named as Chi Man Choi, according to reports of the passenger manifest in the Indonesian media, is among those on board the plane.

He is thought to have been travelling with his daughter Zoe on tickets bought on Boxing Day.

He is believed to hold a British passport but to have lived in Singapore with his family.

The bodies were seen from a helicopter and were taken to an Indonesian navy ship.

National Search and Rescue director SB Supriyadi told reporters in Pangkalan Bun in Indonesia that the bodies, which were intact, did not have lifejackets on.

Navy spokesman Manahan Simorangkir said several victims were found while Air Force spokesman Hadi Tjahjanto said at least one body had been found.

Earlier, Indonesia National Search and Rescue spokesman Yusuf Latif said an Indonesian military aircraft saw white, red and black objects, including what appeared to be a lifejacket, off the coast, about 105 miles south of Pangkalan Bun.

A massive international search effort has been launched since Flight 8501, an Airbus A320-200 with 155 passengers and seven crew aboard, disappeared from radar over the Java Sea near Belitung island.

The US, China, Australia, Malaysia and Thailand have all been involved in the search, with local fishermen helping.

Published: Tuesday 30th December 2014 by The News Editor

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