Cessna evacuation hampered by fog
A Search and Rescue (SAR) team says its efforts to evacuate the remains of three people who died in a Cessna aircraft that crashed shortly after it left Halim airport last Wednesday have been hampered by poor weather conditions.
“The SAR team is still trying to move the victims to the nearest post in Argalingga, Argapura and Majalengka. The team is having difficulty because of the bad weather. Mount Cermai is misty, which has slightly impaired our vision,” SAR team chief Yopi Haryadi said Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.
Yopi added that the SAR team was at the site of the ill-fated plane at 1 a.m. on Tuesday and had discovered the remains of the three victims at 7.45 a.m., piled on top of one another. The bodies of the victims would likely be evacuated by Tuesday afternoon, he said.
The three victims of the crash were pilot instructor Capt. Partogi Sianipar, 25, and students Muhammad Fikriansyah, 19, and Agung Febrian.
The aircraft, used to train aviation students, had left Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta at 7:33 a.m. on Wednesday last week. Air traffic controllers reported the aircraft missing at 8:53 a.m. after losing contact with it.