KIRO-TV reported Tuesday that a Shoreline family says that six of their Indonesian family members were among the passengers who were on AirAsia 8501, which crashed on Sunday.
Jack Song of Shoreline told the TV station that his wife’s father, Soetikno Sia, and her mother, listed on the passenger manifest as Jou Christien Yuanita, were on the flight, according to the report. Traveling with them were his wife’s uncle and his family, Song said.
Song told the TV station that his wife and her brother are hoping that AirAsia will fly them to the rest of their family in Indonesia.
Recovery teams discovered debris from the plane and bodies of passengers on Tuesday in the Java Sea, two days after the plane disappeared from radar screens, according to news reports.
Tony Fernandes, CEO of the Malaysia-based airline, has been on the scene and expressed his sadness over Twitter.
My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501. On behalf of AirAsia my condolences … http://t.co/OJGobL93cR
— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) December 30, 2014
Flight QZ850, which was on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, had 162 people on board, including 155 passengers and seven crew members, according to The Jakarta Post. AirAsia listed the nationalities of the passengers and crew on its Facebook page:
3 South Korea
1 United Kingdom
Nationalities of crew: