QZ8501: Crisis Centre To Be Moved To Bhayangkara Hospital

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SURABAYA, Dec 31 – The Crisis Centre for the next of kin of the ill fated QZ8501 Indonesia Air Asia flight will be moved to the Bhayangkara Hospital here.

For now it remains at the Juanda Airport Terminal Two but the operations will switch to the nearby hospital once remains of the passengers are flown here from Pangkalan Bun, the main search area since the recovery of several bodies and pieces of the aircraft yesterday.

This was revealed by Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Commander Budiyono who is also the East Java Police Medical and Health Service Chief. “We have started taking statements and DNA samples from the immediate family members of some of the 162 people on board the aircraft.

“We already have (profile) information such as medical records or other documents for the DVI process from 93 passengers out of which 15 are complete with DNA samples,” he said. Budiyono said 130 ambulance have also been prepared with 150 slots at the mortuary to accommodate the investigations.

Meanwhile Surabaya National Search and Rescue Agency chief Hernanto said the search operations are now focused in waters off Pangkalan Bun with 18 ships in the vicinity. There are also 27 aircrafts including 18 helicopters dispatched to assist the “evacuation” operation for the passengers of the Singapore bound flight that crashed on Sunday. “This follows the order from President Joko (Widodo) last night after he visited the target search area,” Hernanto added.

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