Indonesian plane crash: final messages of passengers have been revealed
The heartbreaking last messages and posts of the passengers were revealed who were traveling by the doomed Indonesian plane Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 which crashed into the Java Sea after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
The passenger plane allegedly plunged nearly 10,000 feet in less than 60 seconds, just four minutes after takeoff for a 90-minute flight to Pontianak in western Kalimantan from Jakarta.
Police asked families to provide information to identify bodies that had been found, such as dental records and DNA samples.
A woman, Ratih Windania, laughed a selfie with her three children while the family boarded the plane where she wrote: ‘Bye bye family. We’re on our way home for now. ‘
The message was sent just before they boarded the plane from the Indonesian capital, reports Dailymail UK.
“Pray for us,” her brother Irfansyah Riyanto posted on Instagram with a photo of the family. He said his family had originally planned to take another flight, but they changed at the last minute.
Irfansyah rushed to Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta airport late Saturday as dozens of other desperate relatives of the passengers. On Sunday, he was still hoping for good news about his sister and four other family members on the run, including his parents.
“We feel powerless, we can only wait and hope to have information soon,” Irfansyah told reporters.
Irfansyah said his family members had originally undertaken an earlier flight through Sriwijaya’s unit NAM Air, and he was unclear why that had been changed.
It turned out that his sister and her two children were at the end of a three-week vacation and had taken the 740 km long journey home to Pontianak on the island of West Kalimantan.
“I was the one who drove them to the airport, helped with the check-in and the luggage … I feel like I still can’t believe it, and it happened too fast,” Irfansyah said.
“I really love flying”
At the police hospital, the brother of co-pilot Diego Mamahit said he was asked for a blood sample.
“I believe my younger brother survived, it’s just for the police procedure,” Chris Mamahit said. “Diego is a good man, we still believe Diego survived.”
On his LinkedIn profile, Mahamit wrote, “I like flying a lot.”
He and pilot Afwan, who only mentions one name, had nearly two decades of commercial flying experience between them. Afwan was previously an Air Force pilot.
“We the family are still hoping for good news,” a family member of Afwan, a devout Muslim, told Detik.com.
“Weather conditions were not good”
Rafiq Yusuf Al Idrus, the husband of a nursery school teacher in Pontianak, Panca Widiya Nursanti, tells of the last contact he had with her when she returned after a holiday in her hometown of Tegal in Central Java.
Fifty-six passengers, including seven children and three babies, two pilots and four cabin crew, were on board the 26-year-old plane.
The missing plane is an older model than the Boeing 737 MAX plane that was involved in two earlier fatal crashes – including the 2018 Indonesian Lion Air crash that killed 189 people.
But the plane disappeared from the radar four minutes later, after the pilot contacted air traffic control to climb to an altitude of 8,839 meters.
A dozen vessels – including four warships – were deployed in a search-and-rescue operation centered between Lancang and Laki Island, part of the Thousand Islands chain just north of Jakarta.
“Sriwijaya Air Flight # SJ182 lost more than [3,000 meters] in less than one minute, about 4 minutes after leaving Jakarta,” the tracking agency said on its official Twitter account.