KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 – Malaysia is continuing to assist Indonesia with the search and recovery operations for AirAsia flight QZ8501 and its victims. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Malaysia’s search and rescue coordination centre in Subang Jaya is in constant contact with Indonesian authorities on help needed.
“Our three vessels and three aircraft are still there. This is now a recovery mission to recover the plane, black box and bodies,” Liow told reporters at Wisma MCA here. On the lone Malaysian victim on board the flight, Liow said the family was already informed as soon as the plane was declared missing and a caregiver was assigned to assist them at the time.
“Once we find the body, we will be able to follow through on the next steps, such as the need for a funeral and compensation. “For now, AirAsia will answer all these matters,” he said without stating whether the family was already flown to Surabaya. When asked whether new standard operating procedures (SOP) should be in place for better weather detection in light of the circumstances surrounding the plane’s disappearance, Liow said all planes already had sophisticated technology.
“They have the technology to monitor the weather and contact air traffic control when needed to find out alternative routes. “We know that the AirAsia Indonesia plane had systems to identify alternative routes too. “We are now waiting for Indonesian authorities to investigate and tell us what happened to the plane,” added Liow.