AirAsia flight QZ8501: Air steward Oscar Desano laid to rest

BAYAT, Indonesia (JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Air steward Oscar Desano, one of the victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501, was laid to rest at a cemetery in his hometown of Bayat, in Klaten regency, on Wednesday.

His body was taken to his hometown shortly after it arrived at Adi Soemarmo International Airport, Surakarta, Central Java, on Wednesday morning. 

Mr Desano was one of two victims of QZ8501 that the East Java Police’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team managed to identify on Tuesday.

He was identified based on dental records and DNA links between him and his parents.

Relatives, neighbours, Klaten administration officials and AirAsia senior officials - including executive chairman Kamaruddin Meranu - as well as Mr Desano's colleagues at the Malaysia-based airline attended his funeral at around 1pm local time.

Mr Desano leaves a wife who is seven months pregnant with their first child.

“We will pay attention to all AirAsia crew members, as we consider them as part of AirAsia’s big family,” said Datok Kamaruddin.

Mr Desano was one of five AirAsia crew members killed in the crash on Dec 28, which saw the plane go down in the waters of the Karimata Strait.

Of the five crew members, the bodies of three have been recovered and identified.

They are Khairunisa Haidar Fauzi from Palembang, South Sumatra, Mr Desano, and his colleague Wismoyo Ari Pambudi, also from Klaten.

Mr Wismoyo was buried in Klaten on Jan 5.