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AirAsia QZ8501: Body of SAJC student Nico Giovanni identified

UPDATE: Body of Nico Giovanni's mother Indahju Liangsih has also been identified


The body of AirAsia flight QZ8501​ passenger Nico Giovanni, a St Andrew's Junior College student, was identified on Wednesday, reported Indonesia news portal Detik.com.

The 17-year-old boy had been travelling with his younger brother, Justin Giovanni, 9, and parents Herumanto Tanus and Indahju Liangsih from Surabaya to Singapore to visit his sister Chiara Natasha, a 15-year-old Methodist Girls' School student.

The bodies of his family members have not been found yet.

Officials said on Wednesday they had found the tail section of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which crashed on December 28 with 162 people aboard.

Source: AFP, Detik.com


Timeline of search for flight QZ8501

Dec 28
Plane takes off at 5.35am from Surabaya with 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans, one Singaporean, one Malaysian, one Briton and a Frenchman onboard. The plane disappears from radar at 6.18am. Indonesia activates search and rescue. Australia, Malaysia and Singapore offer help.

Dec 29
China and the US dispatch warships to the zone.

Dec 30
Floating debris from the flight found. The first body is found. An air force plane spots a "shadow" on the seabed believed to be part of the missing jet.

Dec 31
Stormy weather forces rescuers to suspend their search. The first two bodies are identified.

Jan 3
Recovery teams find two big pieces of the plane. Meanwhile, 30 bodies have been recovered. The Indonesian transport ministry says the plane was flying on an unauthorised schedule.

Jan 4
Weather was the “triggering factor” in the crash, with the plane’s engines probably damaged by icing, Indonesia’s meteorological agency says.

Jan 5
Indonesia orders the suspension of eight aviation officials linked to the flight.

Jan 7
Search and rescue chief Bambang Soelistyo says his teams have located the tail section, where "black box" flight data recorders are usually housed. Authorities say 40 bodies have been recovered, all floating at sea.


Related report:

Tail section of AirAsia QZ8501 plane found, says Indonesia's search chief

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