QZ8501: ‘I’m Ready To Take Nisa Home,’ Tony Fernandes

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 3 – As he promised, AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes accompanied the remains of Indonesia AirAsia stewardess Khairunnisa Haidar, 22, as they were flown back to her hometown in Palembang today. The body of Khairunnisa, a crew member on board ill-fated flight QZ8501, was returned to her family after being identified through fingerprint and dental records.

“I’m arriving in Surabaya to take Nisa home to Palembang. I cannot describe how I feel. There are no words,” Fernandes posted on his Twitter account yesterday. A day earlier, Fernandes had promised to follow Khairunnisa’s casket to Palembang once her remains have been identified.

He posted: “If our beautiful and wonderful crew is identified, we will go from Surabaya to Palembang with her parents. Heart breaking, soul destroying.” Fernandes also thanked Royal Malaysian Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar for the navy’s assistance in the search and recovery of the Flight QZ8501 aircraft, which crashed off the coast of Belitung, Indonesia last Sunday. 

“@ChiefofNavy thank you to you and all your staff for their tremendous efforts. We won’t forget what you are and will be doing for us sir,” Fernandes said. “Most welcome sir. My condolence to u n AirAsia (sic). We feel your sorrow too,” Abdul Aziz posted in reply via his Twitter handle @ChiefofNavy.

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