No Namibian nationals on board ill-fated AirAsia passenger plane

30 Dec 2014 10:30am


WINDHOEK, 30 DEC (NAMPA) ? The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that no Namibians where on board the missing Indonesian AirAsia Flight QZ8501. ?There were no Namibians on board? the Ministry of Foreign Affairs? Deputy Director of Information and Research Marbeline Mwashekele told NAMPA on Monday. The plane, carrying 162 passengers including crewmembers, disappeared while flying from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore early Sunday. This is the third Asian plane to meet a tragic and devastating fate this year. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished on 08 March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board; followed by the shooting down of another Malaysia Airlines plane, Flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 which had 298 passengers on board. These unprecedented airline disasters, particularly during the course of 2014, have fuelled enormous scepticism globally and a genuine concern whether Asian airlines are a target of terrorism. The search for the missing Flight QZ8501 is still underway. Indonesian rescue teams strongly believe that the passenger jet is submerged under the Java Sea, according to the radar data based on the plane?s last contact. (NAMPA) GH/JK