Grief as first AirAsia Flight 8501 victim returned to family, buried after identification 

January 1, 2015 1:41 PM

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Grief as first AirAsia Flight 8501 victim returned to family, buried after identification 

Hayati Lutfiah Hamid’s identity was confirmed by fingerprints and other means, said Col. Budiyono of East Java’s Disaster Victim Identification Unit. Her body, in a dark casket topped with flowers, was handed over to family members during a brief ceremony at a police hospital in Surabaya, the Indonesian city where the plane took off.

SURABAYA, Indonesia — A passenger aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 became the first victim of the crash to be returned to her family Thursday, one of many painful reunions to come, as search crews struggled against wind and heavy rain to find more than 150 people still missing.

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