Household, associates of Indonesia airplane crash passengers await information

North Sumatra, Indonesia – Households and associates of the passengers on Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 182 which crashed into the Java Sea quickly after takeoff on Saturday have spoken concerning the lethal incident, saying they nonetheless have hope regardless of the airplane’s flight recorders, which file cockpit voice and flight information, being situated.

5 members of Yudi Qurdani’s household had been among the many 62 folks on board the airplane – in accordance with the flight’s manifest – which misplaced contact with air site visitors management simply 4 minutes after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta Worldwide Airport in Jakarta.

The airplane’s vacation spot was Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan province on Indonesia’s Borneo island, about 740km (460 miles) away.

Qurdani’s uncle Toni Ismail, aunt Rahmawati, and cousin Ratih Windania had been flying again to Pontianak from a household vacation in Bandung in Java, together with Ratih’s daughter, four-year-old Yumna Fani Syatuzahr. Qurdani’s eight-year-old nephew Athar Rizki Riawan was additionally travelling with them, though his dad and mom had stayed again in Pontianak.

They weren’t even purported to be on the airplane.

“They purchased tickets to fly again to Pontianak on [Saturday] at 7am on NAM Air,” Qurdani instructed Al Jazeera.

“However the evening earlier than, the airline instructed us that the flight had been modified to 1:30pm and that it could be a Sriwijaya Air airplane. They simply did what they had been instructed and went to the airport within the afternoon.”

Indonesia’s Nationwide Search and Rescue Company (Basarnas) officers gathering particles and different objects from the suspected crash web site [Courtesy of Basarnas]

The household suspects that NAM Air, which is a subsidiary of Sriwijaya Air, transferred the passengers to the later flight as a consequence of low ticket gross sales.

The merged flights additionally meant that the Sriwijaya Air airplane was carrying six further crew from the cancelled NAM Air flight, together with Captain Didik Gunardi, First Officer Fadly Satrianto and 4 cabin crew.

On Sunday, Indonesia’s Nationwide Search and Rescue Company (Basarnas) launched images of officers recovering particles and different objects from the suspected crash web site, together with a toddler’s pink T-shirt, which Qurdani believes belonged to Yumna.

“She was not sporting it when she left, however her mom had packed it in her suitcase. She wore it usually, so we recognised it directly once we noticed it on TV. We’re 80 p.c certain that it’s her T-shirt,” he mentioned.

Earlier than she boarded the airplane to Pontianak, Yumna’s mom, Windania, posted a sequence of Instagram tales of the household strolling by the airport, considered one of which was captioned: “Bye bye all my household … We’re going residence ya.”

The posts have since gone viral, with members of the general public leaving messages of condolence.

Qurdani, chatting with Al Jazeera from Kramat Jati Police Hospital in Jakarta the place the household has gathered to attend for information and help with the identification course of, mentioned Athar’s dad and mom have already given DNA samples in Pontianak, and Ismail and Rahmawati’s household have given samples in Jakarta.

“We additionally noticed on TV that they’ve discovered the black packing containers and we simply hope there are survivors. We’ll proceed to hope and ask for assist from God that they’re alive,” he mentioned.

“However we’re additionally making ready ourselves for something, even the worst. We hope we will deal with no matter is coming.”

In response to the flight manifest, the airplane was carrying six crew members and 46 grownup passengers, seven youngsters and three infants, together with Rizki Wahyudi, his spouse Indah Halimah Putri, mother-in-law Rosi Wahyuni, and three-month-old daughter, Nabila Anjani.

Wahyudi labored at Gunung Palung Nationwide Park in West Kalimantan in accordance with the Indonesian Forest Rangers (PolHut) who confirmed the information by their WhatsApp channel.

He additionally usually met with native NGOs together with the Indonesian Discussion board for the Setting (WALHI) the place he was targeted on initiatives to assist the setting and was significantly fascinated about orangutan conservation, a supply who didn’t want to be named instructed Al Jazeera.

His cousin, Ebta, instructed native media that Wahyudi had travelled to Jakarta to carry his spouse and daughter again to Pontianak.

His spouse had been isolating whereas pregnant throughout the coronavirus pandemic, in accordance with Ebta, which is why she had not travelled to Pontianak when Wahyudi had first been stationed on the nationwide park.

‘Simply married’

Additionally on the flight had been Mulyadi P Tamsir and his spouse Makrufatul Yeti.

The couple had simply married final month and had been on their approach from Jakarta, the place they lived, to Mulyadi’s hometown in Pontianak in order that he may introduce his new spouse to his prolonged household, mentioned Alwi Hasbi Silalahi, the top of the Muslim Scholar’s Affiliation (HMI), North Sumatra and Mulyadi’s former colleague and good friend.

Mulyadi was the top of HMI Indonesia from 2016 to 2018, however had left to work for Hanura, considered one of Indonesia’s political events, and Silalahi mentioned the information of the downed airplane had created an outpouring of grief all through the HMI neighborhood.

“The final time I spoke to Mulyadi was about his wedding ceremony. Then the subsequent factor I hear is that he was on the airplane,” Silalahi instructed Al Jazeera, including that he was shocked when he heard that the airplane had misplaced contact with air site visitors management.

“All his associates are so unhappy to listen to this information, particularly as he simply acquired married and was about to begin a household. We’re praying for him and his security. All of HMI throughout Indonesia is in mourning and we’re praying as laborious as we will.”

Silalahi added {that a} particular prayer occasion had been organised on-line for Sunday night in order that HMI members throughout the nation may pray collectively nearly for his secure restoration.

“We hope he’s nonetheless alive,” he mentioned. “We’re simply ready.”

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