QZ8501: I will accompany air stewardess Khairunnisa’s family home, says Fernandes

The Star/ Asia News Network

AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes will accompany the family of flight QZ8501 attendant Khairunnisa Haidar (pic) to her hometown in Palembang once her body has been positively identified after a post-mortem in Surabaya.

“If our beautiful and wonderful crew is identified we will go from Surabaya to Palembang with her parents. Heartbreaking soul (destroyed),” he tweeted at 1.54pm on Thursday.

Khairunnisa and senior flight attendant Wanti Setiawati were the only female crew members on board.

Khairunnisa’s father Haidar Fauzie wished that the body found in flight attendant’s uniform was that of his daughter and that he could lay her to rest.

Khairunnisa, 22, had been with Indonesia AirAsia for two years.

Fernandes also gave an indication that the aircraft has been found after he tweeted that he is hoping that the latest information he received is true.

“I am hoping that the latest information is correct and aircraft has been found. Please all hope together. This is so important,” he said in another tweet posted at 1.51pm.

Seven bodies have so far been retrieved from the Airbus A320-200 carrying 162 people, which crashed on Sunday in the sea near Borneo en route from Indonesia’s second city Surabaya to Singapore.

Bodies are being taken in numbered coffins to Surabaya, where relatives of the victims have gathered, for identification. Authorities have been collecting DNA from the relatives to help identify the bodies.

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