The Jakarta Post
The West Kotawaringin administration in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan, plans to build a memorial for Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501, which crashed into the sea near the area in late 2014.
The cornerstone ceremony of the memorial, which will also serve as a monument to flight safety, took place on Wednesday, attended by local and state officials as well as representatives from Singapore and Australia whose citizens were also victims.
West Kotawaringin regent Ujang Iskandar said that the monument would serve as a memorial site for families of the 162 crash victims to pay their respects.
'With this monument, we hope that the families and the government will lay flowers every Dec. 28, and continue the dialogue on aviation safety in Indonesia,' Ujang said as quoted by tempo.co.
Central Kalimantan deputy governor Achmad Diran added that the monument would also serve as a symbol of appreciation for the National Search and Rescue Agency's (Basarnas) recovery of bodies and search operation efforts.
Meanwhile, PT AirAsia Indonesia Sunu Widyatmoko said that he was touched by the efforts of West Kotawaringin residents who helped during the search and rescue operation in the Java Sea following the Airbus A320's crash on Dec. 28 last year. (dyl)(++++)