As the search continues for the missing AirAsia jetliner with 162 people on board, one Indonesian family that was supposed to be on the ill-fated flight is praising “Lord Jesus” for saving them.
As reported on rt.com, Chandra Susanto had been planning a holiday in Singapore with his wife and three children since March, but had to cancel their trip the day before they were supposed to leave. The reason — Susanto’s father became ill.
“It was a difficult decision to make because my son Christopher was so disappointed,” Susanto told the Daily Mail Australia. “He had been looking forward to the holiday for a long time.”
But the disappointment over missing their vacation quickly faded when news broke that the AirAsia plane disappeared on Sunday. On his Facebook page, Susanto posted a picture of the ticket for flight QZ8501, along with his thanks to Christ. When translated, the notation reads:
“Thank you, Lord Jesus. Your plan is so beautiful, our family safe from harm.”
Susanto, his wife Inge, and their children ages 5, 7 and 10 were reportedly among 23 ‘no-shows’ for the AirAsia flight, which was on its way from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore when it lost contact with air traffic control early Sunday morning.
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The aircraft was said to have been approaching violent weather over the Java Sea when it disappeared about 40 minutes into a scheduled two-hour flight.
As an international search continued — with reports that unidentified debris and possible oil slicks had been spotted — an Indonesian official said that the missing AirAsia flight was likely to be “at the bottom of the sea.”
As noted in a post at theguardian.com, the disappearance of AirAsia flight QZ8501 is the third disaster involving a Malaysian carrier this year.
In March, the country’s national airline, Malaysia Airlines, lost contact with flight MH370 as it was en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur; the plane has not been found, and its disappearance remains a mystery.
In July, Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was apparently shot down over Ukraine, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.
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