A special AirAsia flight carrying a total of 133 people from the Chinese city of Wuhan landed at KLIA on the early hours of Tuesday, 4 February
The special AirAsia flight was involved in a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) mission mounted by the Malaysian government to bring home Malaysians who were stranded in China in the wake of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) outbreak that has killed over 720 people as of today, 8 February.
According to a report in Bernama, of 133 people on the flight from Wuhan, 88 were Malaysians, 19 were non-citizens who are family members of the Malaysian nationals, 12 were crew members.
There were also eight HADR personnel and six officers from the Malaysian embassy in Beijing.
Following the successful completion of the mission, one of the crew members onboard the special AirAsia flight, Muhammad Nadzmi, took to his social media accounts to share snippets of the journey
One of the posts uploaded by Nadzmi is a minute and a half-long video snippet.
In the video, crew members are seen keeping themselves safe by wearing masks, gloves, and protective garbs and stocking water bottles and bio-hazard bags for the passengers.
A senior crew member's voice is heard at the beginning of the video, with him thanking the crew for their courage and service in agreeing to go in the humanitarian mission to China.
"...I cannot thank you enough from the bottom of my heart," begins the video with the voiceover.
"You know, you are doing something that a lot of people would not do. So I'm very, very appreciative of it. Inshallah, you will be okay. There is only one plan, that is for you to leave and come back tomorrow morning. We will wait for you guys tomorrow. All the best. You're my heroes."
While Nadzmi originally uploaded the short video on his Facebook and Instagram accounts, it went viral after his sister shared it on her Twitter yesterday, where it has close to half a million views as of today
"My brother made a video on the flight to Wuhan that brought back our fellow Malaysians," Nadzmi's sister wrote in her tweet under the handle of @ieralee on Friday, 7 February.
Since then, the tweet has been retweeted over 40,000 times with thousands of comments from netizens thanking her brother Nadzmi and the AirAsia team on behalf of the country.
Meanwhile, there were stringent procedures laid out for the group once it landed to ensure the elimination of any risk of infecting others
The special AirAsia flight skipped the normal parking bay at KLIA instead coming to a halt at a designated area near the Air Disaster Unit (ADU) where the decontamination process and health screening took place.
The passengers were not allowed to enter the KLIA building to reduce the risk of contact with other people.
The transfer of passengers and crew from the plane to the ADU was done in a single bus belonging to the Fire and Rescue Department to keep in check any spread of the coronavirus.
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