Louise Sidharta, the fiancé of Air Asia flight QZ8501 passenger Alain Oktavianus Siaun is hopeful that the missing aircraft will be found.
Sidharta and Siaun were supposed to tie the knot in May next year.
The groom-to-be decided to spend a vacation with his family for one last time before he says “I do”. Unfortunately, his flight bound for Singapore went missing after losing contact with air traffic control on Sunday.
The 25-year-old bride-to-be was on her way to the Surabaya airport when she heard about the terrible news. She was supposed to take a flight at 1:25pm to spend a vacation with her fiancé and his family in Singapore.
Inside Terminal 2 of the Singapore Changi Intenational Airport, she told reporters: “My heart knew by then that my fiance was on that flight.”
Her suspicions were confirmed after contacting Siaun’s family in Indonesia. Indeed, her fiance, his parents, as well as his three brothers were among the 162 people aboard the missing airplane.
Despite the situation, Sidharta remains hopeful that they will be found.
“We have to stay positive and hope that they (loved ones) could be found soon.”
Her sisters and other relatives accompanied her in the airport where she would be waiting for updates. Sidharta is encouraging family members of the other passengers to stay positive and be strong.
Ongoing Air Asia Search
As of press time, the missing jet is yet to be found.
According to CNN Indonesia, there are more than 1,100 search and rescue personnel from Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and Australia cooperating with Indonesian team.
Four zones had been added to their area of operation.
Based on the plane’s flight track and last known coordinates, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency believes that the aircraft is underwater.
“Our early conjecture is that the plane is in the bottom of the sea,” said Bambang Sulistyo, head of the country’s search and rescue agency.
Still, there is no trace of the missing commercial jet.