AirAsia flight QZ8501: PM Lee Hsien Loong sends condolences to families

Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) servicemen onboard a C-130 aircraft take part in the search and locate (SAL) operation for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 over the Java sea on Dec 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) servicemen onboard a C-130 aircraft take part in the search and locate (SAL) operation for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 over the Java sea on Dec 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday night he is "deeply saddened" to learn of the plight of Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501.

"It is always difficult and painful when a disaster like this happens. More so when it is so close to home, with many of the passengers having ties to Singapore," he wrote in a Facebook post.

He also sent his sympathies and condolences to the families and loved ones of those on board, and the countries of the victims.

"We share your grief, and hope that you will overcome this great tragedy," he said, in the post.

 

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Three bodies from the flight were found on Tuesday afternoon, two days after it lost contact on Sunday morning.

The Airbus A320 was flying from Indonesia's second-largest city Surabaya to Singapore.

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