Jakarta, Dec 29: As the mystery deepens and search intensifies for the missing AirAsia QZ8501 flight, the daughter of the Indonesian pilot has written a heart-wrenching message for her father on a social networking website.
According to reports, Iryanto's 22-year-old daughter Angela Anggi Ranastianis wrote, "Papa, come home, I still need you. Bring back my papa. Papa, please come home." [Australian planes spot objects during AirAsia plane search]
Like many other passengers' relatives, Iryanto's family in East Java town of Sidoarjo is also desperately hoping for a miracle.
One of the neighbours of Iryanto was quoted as saying, "He is a good man. That's why people here appointed him as our neighborhood chief for the last two years."
Iryanto was an experienced Air Force pilot who flew F-16 fighter jets before becoming a commercial airline pilot.
On Monday, Australian search aircraft hunting for the missing AirAsia plane located some objects in the sea, said an official. [Family of 10 misses ill-fated AirAsia flight]
Jakarta's air force base commander Rear Admiral Dwi Putranto said he has been told that an Australian Orion aircraft has detected some objects near Nangka island.
The objects were found 160 km southwest of Pangkalan Bun, near central Kalimantan, or 1,120 km from the location where the plane lost contact.
Putranto said he could not be sure whether the objects were part of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 that went missing early Sunday while on its way to Singapore from the Indonesian city of Surabaya with 162 passengers and crew on board.