Alejandro Santiago, a Filipino, says his wife and child wanted to fly to Singapore for a vacation with him
AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which plunged into the sea over the weekend, carried the wife and child of a Filipino, a television report said Wednesday, December 31.
Alejandro Santiago, a Filipino, told GMA News that his wife and child were among the 162 passengers of the crashed AirAsia flight.
“Napakahirap pong paniwalaan ang nangyari para sa akin (It's hard to believe what happened to me),” GMA News, in a tweet, quoted Santiago as saying.
Santiago added that a DNA test will help identify the victims' remains.
In a separate radio interview with dzBB, Santiago said his wife and child were on their way to Singapore for a vacation. Santiago was reportedly in Singapore.
GMA News identified Santiago's relatives on the flight as Romlah Siti, an Indonesian, and Jasmine Rose Ann Santiago.
The AirAsia plane crashed into the Java Sea southwest of the island of Borneo, with debris including an exit door and a blue suitcase so far retrieved from the area.
The search for the bodies was suspended on Wednesday, however, because of storm weather.
The crash came at the end of an awful year for Malaysian air travel.
After the disappearance of Flight MH370, en route from from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew, another Malaysia Airlines flight – MH17 – was shot down over Ukraine in July, killing all 298 on board