AirAsia QZ8501 pilot's son 'thinks daddy is still at work'

The family of Captain Irianto, the pilot of the AirAsia flight, are hesitant about telling his eight-year-old son, Arya Galih Gegana, that his father will never return home.

Budi Sutiono, the pilot’s 55-year-old brother, told the Daily Telegraph: "I told Galih that his father will not be coming straight home because he has another job to do."

Galih “thinks daddy is still at work”, his uncle said.

"Pilots are often away from home on work so when we told him he accepted it. But he keeps asking us and he keeps crying because he misses his father," he said.

This is the second tragedy the family is facing in just two weeks as Mr Sutiono’s other brother was buried last week after dying from a heart attack.

Galih's 22-year-old sister, Angela posted on Twitter yesterday, pleading for her father to come back.

The daughter of Captain Irianto posted a message on Twitter saying "Papa come back, I still need you".

Sky News has also reported that the father of AirAsia stewardess, Khairunnisa Haidar, said she was doing her dream job.

The 22-year-old was a law graduate but wanted to pursue a career as a flight attendant, according to Sky News.

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"From the start, we already knew the risks associated with being a stewardess," said her father, Haidar Fauzie.

"She is beautiful and smart. It has always been her dream to fly. We couldn't have stopped her."

Sources: Independent, Sky News