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AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes speaks on Flight 8501 plane crash: Investigations, search for missing passengers continues

February 23
9:39 AM 2015

While waiting for the results of the on-going investigation by the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes speaks on Sunday about the most garish nightmare he has ever had. He said the AirAsia 8501 incident was the toughest "50-days of his life."

Fernandes, one of Malaysia's wealthiest men, had to put some plans to a halt as the AirAsia 8501 incident's aftermath unraveled before him. He was always updated during the search and retrieval. He bore the brunt of explaining to the affected families what had happened, who's to blame and what were they doing while the investigation progressed. Fernandes could only say that he "apologized and it's not their fault." However, he went on saying that those words weren't enough to provide relief to the grieving relatives. He went on saying the the passengers were "on his plane" and now, they are "no longer with their families."

Fernandes said that all they could do was to assure that the relatives of those who died in the incident were comforted while they wait for the results of the investigation, including the search and retrieval of the missing passengers of AirAsia 8501. He admitted that he could only handle the situation the "way he knew how to handle it." This was raw human emotion at work, people who had lost their dearest in circumstances beyond their control. Fernandes could only think of its as human nature, that force that "gives strength to find a way" as they continue to search for answers about the fatal crash.

So far, AirAsia's website would keep posting updates regarding the search and retrieval operations. Their latest post dated Feb. 18, notified families that the search and retrieval had to be postponed to due inclement weather. Also, they had to move the operations the next week due to the holidays. Nonetheless, they guaranteed the families of this victims that they would exhaust all efforts to bring light to the AirAsia Flight 8501 plane crash.

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