The Boeing 737-500 airplane was heading from Jakarta to town of Pontianak, on the Indonesian facet of Borneo, when it misplaced contact at 2:40 p.m. native time (2:40 a.m. ET), 11 nautical miles north of Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Worldwide Airport.
There have been 50 passengers — 43 adults and seven youngsters — on board, in addition to 12 crew members, in accordance with Indonesia’s minister of transportation.
Sunday, relations gathered at a sufferer identification heart in Jakarta and at a disaster heart in Pontianak, the place they waited for any information of their family members.
Here is what we all know in regards to the victims up to now.
Agus Minarni and Muhammad Nur Kholifatul Amin
Agus Minarni and Muhammad Nur Kholifatul Amin had traveled from their dwelling in Mempawah, in Indonesian Borneo, to Jakarta, in Java, to attend the funeral of Amin’s father — which was happening in Ponorogo, in Java’s east.
Whereas they have been in Ponorogo, they have been additionally in a position to spend time with one in every of their sons, who attends a boarding faculty there.
When the couple returned to Jakarta, Minarni’s brother Yudiansyah Yunus requested her for assist in securing a spot at a boarding faculty for one in every of his sons.
That was the final time they might keep in touch, Yunus advised CNN.
Minarni and her husband have been purported to fly dwelling January 5 on one other service — Nam Air, he mentioned.
However after they arrived on the airport Tuesday, they have been knowledgeable that so as to board the flight, they would wish to take a coronavirus PCR check — a course of that will delay them from flying for an additional two days.
As soon as the couple obtained the outcomes of their check, they have been in a position to rebook their flight dwelling — however this time, it might be on one other service, Sriwijaya Air.
Yunus says the lack of his sister has left an enormous gap within the household and that he’ll miss her terribly.
She was a sort individual, he mentioned, including that she had all the time helped him and his youthful sister in some ways. He added that she was an particularly caring individual and had handled her aunts and uncles with kindness.
Yunus mentioned he’ll care for the couple’s teenage youngsters, who at the moment are orphans.
It’s crucial that “all concerned stakeholders, the airline and the federal government take this investigation severely,” Yunus mentioned.
He added that he hopes the Indonesian authorities will do their greatest “to a minimum of discover their stays in no matter type” so he can bury his sister “correctly, like those that move away usually.”
“That is all I hope,” he mentioned.
A household of 5 in transit
A household of 5 from Bangka island — an island to the east of of Sumatra — was lacking and feared lifeless, in accordance with aunt of the household, who spoke to CNN.
The household launched an announcement Saturday saying that 26-year-old Rizki Wahyudi, his 26-year-old spouse, Indah Halimah Putri, and their 7-month-old son have been on the flight that crashed.
Wahyudi’s mom and cousin have been additionally on the flight.
Wahyudi labored for the Indonesian Forestry Fee in Ketapang, West Kalimantan — a province on the Indonesian facet of Borneo — for the previous three years.
The household of 5 had been within the Bangka Islands visiting different relations and have been headed again to West Kalimantan by way of Jakarta.
Sunday, two of Wahyudi’s uncles in Bangka submitted their DNA to assist with the identification course of.
A pregnant mom and her household who have been visiting family members in Jakarta
Ratih Windania, who was 4 months pregnant, was visiting relations in Jakarta along with her 2-year-old daughter, Yumna; Eight-year-old nephew, Athar Rizki Riawan; uncle Tony Islmail and aunt Rachmawati, in accordance with Riawan’s father, Iwan.
In a narrative posted to her Instagram account earlier than departing from Jakarta airport Saturday, Windania says goodbye to family members who dwell in Jakarta.
Windania additionally posted a cheerful picture of herself and her smiling daughter and nephew sitting on the airplane moments earlier than takeoff.
Father and businessman Yohanes Suherdi, 30
Yohanes Suherdi was in Jakarta on a enterprise journey and searching ahead to returning to his household in Ngarak, a village a number of hours from Pontianak airport.
His spouse, Susilawati Bungahilaria, 32, advised CNN she hopes Suherdi can be discovered secure and that the household will be capable of reunite quickly. The couple has a 5-year-old son, Rian Gusti Rafael.
Bungahilaria mentioned she spoke along with her husband — whom she described as a “superb and sociable individual” — shortly earlier than takeoff.
“His final message to me was to not neglect to take our son to see a physician as a result of he had a fever,” she mentioned.
Sobbing, she mentioned her son retains asking when his father is coming dwelling.
Bungahilaria and Suherdi’s father traveled Sunday to a disaster heart arrange in Pontianak, the place they submitted bodily objects that would assist with the identification course of, together with the daddy’s DNA.
Correction: A earlier model of this story incorrectly acknowledged the variety of passengers on the flight. There have been 50 passengers and 12 crew members. This story has additionally been up to date with the proper date and placement of Ratih Windania’s image.