AirAsia flight QZ8501: Maid had gone home to attend wedding

The middle-aged woman who told reporters at Changi Airport that she was Ms Yuni's agent. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN 
The middle-aged woman who told reporters at Changi Airport that she was Ms Yuni's agent. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN 

SINGAPORE - She had gone home a month ago for the wedding of a family member and was supposed to return to Singapore on Sunday on Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

Ms Yuni Astutik, 40, was an Indonesian domestic worker who had been working in Singapore for four years, said a middle-aged woman who told reporters at Changi Airport this morning that she was Ms Yuni's agent.

The domestic worker was one of the 162 crew and passengers on board the flight which went missing en-route to Singapore on Sunday morning. There were 155 Indonesians, one Singaporean, one Malaysian, one French, one British and three South Koreans on board.

The woman, who was clutching a stack of documents, including Ms Yuni's photocopied passport, said she was at the airport to pass immigration and employment documents to Ms Yuni's employer.

The woman was hurried away by auxiliary police officers and Ms Yuni's employer into the holding area before she could give her name or maid agency.

"She was married and she had children back in Indonesia," said the agent.

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