AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes says Flight QZ8501 crash ‘worst nightmare’

By: | Updated: December 31, 2014 3:34 PM

AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes today said he was experiencing an airline chief executive's "worst nightmare"on crash of Flight QZ8501.

airasia flight missing, airasia, airasia flight, airasia fight QZ8501, air qz8501, airasia missing, Tony Fernandes, Tony Fernandes AirAsia“The passengers were on my aircraft and I have to take responsibility for that,” AirAsia Boss Tony Fernandes said on Flight QZ8501 crash. (Reuters)

AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes today said he was experiencing an airline chief executive’s “worst nightmare” after wreckage and bodies were found in the search for Flight QZ8501.

Speaking in Indonesia’s second-biggest city of Surabaya after meeting with distraught relatives of some of the 162 passengers, Fernandes said he “apologised profusely” for the accident.

“The passengers were on my aircraft and I have to take responsibility for that,” he said, adding that he was focusing on supporting the families.

Aerial searchers spotted debris in the Java Sea that officials confirmed was from the plane that had been travelling from Surabaya to Singapore.

Three bodies were then recovered.

airasia-new.jpg-525Indonesian rescuers searching for the AirAsia QZ8501 plane carrying 162 people pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo on Tuesday. (Reuters)

“It’s an experience I never dreamt of happening and it’s probably an airline CEO’s worst nightmare,” Fernandes said.

An earlier statement from his company said employees of affiliate AirAsia Indonesia, which operated the crashed plane, had been sent to the site where debris was found and would fully cooperate in the investigation.

“There is at least some closure as opposed to not knowing what’s happened and holding out hope,” Fernandes told reporters.

He said the pilot of the ill-fated plane was “extremely experienced” with 20,000 hours of flying.

AirAsia, AirAsia AirAsia Flight QZ 8501, AirAsia crash, IndonesiaRelatives of passengers of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 react upon seeing the news about findings of bodies on the waters near the site where the jetliner disappeared, at the crisis center in Surabaya. (AP)

“There were some very unique weather conditions and let’s wait for the investigation to be concluded.”

Out of the 162 passengers and crew on board, 155 were Indonesian.

The accident was the third disaster this year involving a Malaysian-owned carrier.

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