PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — A woman who lost seven relatives aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 says she accepts that the plane has crashed — but that she can’t believe her brother and his family are dead. She says she’s still praying they survived.
Wreckage found near the Indonesian island of Borneo today has been identified as coming from the AirAsia flight that disappeared Sunday in rough weather with 162 people aboard. The bodies of some victims have been brought aboard a navy ship. Indonesian TV today has been showing images from the recovery effort, including floating debris and a body in the water.
About 125 family members are planning to travel to a town near the shore tomorrow to start identifying their loved ones. Body bags and coffins have been prepared at hospitals there. Meanwhile, dozens of elite military divers will join the massive search. They are desperate to scour the water ahead of approaching rough weather.
Nearly all of the passengers and crew were Indonesians, who are frequent visitors to Singapore, particularly on holidays.
One man said his youngest child and only daughter was a stewardess on the flight. On learning of the crash, he struggled to console his grieving wife. They last saw their daughter six weeks ago when she returned home on holiday. He says the family knew the risks of the job, but that it was always his daughter’s dream to fly.
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