Pilots, Crew and Passengers Identified in Missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501
AirAsia flight 8501 went missing over Indonesia.
There were 162 people on board.
Air Asia lost contact with the plane one hour after takeoff.
The search for the plane was abandoned today due to inclimate weather.
There are reports that an aircraft crashed east of Belitung Island.
— CCTVNEWS (@cctvnews) December 28, 2014
The list of passengers on QZ8501 was released earlier today.
— Yahoo Singapore (@YahooSG) December 28, 2014
The passengers include 149 Indonesians, three South Koreans, one Singaporean, one Malaysian and one Brit.
The pilots and crew members were identified today.
The co-pilot is a French national.
The Malaysian Insider reported:
Captain Iriyanto, the pilot of missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, was a very caring man who never failed to help those in need, his nephew said.
The nephew, Doni told Indonesian news portal Detik.com today that Iriyanto cared very much about people who needed help.
“He is always helping people because he is a very caring person. If there is a sick relative who needed help and even money, my uncle would be there.
Iriyanto is married with two school-going children. His wife does not have a job.
According to a media release by AirAsia, Iriyanto had clocked 6,100 hours of flying time. Flying with him was first officer Remi Emmanual Plesel, who had logged 2,275 hours of flying time. Plesel is a French national.
The other crew members on duty onboard the missing flight are flight attendants Wanti Setiawati, Oscar Desano, Khairunisa Haidar Fauzi and Wismoyo Ari Prambudi, as well as Saiful Rakhmad, who is the plane’s engineer.