Tragedy: Air Force personnel carry the coffins of victims of the ill-fated Fokker F27 that crashed in a residential area just outside the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force base in East Jakarta on Thursday. The Air Force is handing over the victims’ remains to their families on Friday. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)
Tears flowed as
the bodies of four of the Fokker F-27 crash victims arrived in Bumi Tamanlanrea
Permai housing complex in Makassar, South Sulawesi
on Friday. Some people fainted due to their distress.
The four, who
were family members of Air Force member Maj. Yohanis Tandi Sosang (previously
reported as Yohanes), died when the Fokker F-27 belonging to the Indonesian Air
Force crashed into a housing complex near the Halim Perdanakusumah Air Force base
in East Jakarta on Thursday.
The four were
Yohanis’ only daughter, Abrian Kristianbel, 7, Yohanis’ mother, Martina Ro’ren
Sosang, 67, as well as Ochi Tumba Belorundung, 30, Yohanis’ younger sibling and
Nevli Tannem Randuallo (previously reported as Navlin), 2, Yohanis’ nephew.
The bodies, which
were flown to Sultan Hasanuddin Airport
in Makassar from Halim Perdanakusumah on Friday morning in a Hercules aircraft,
will be buried in Rantebua, North Toraja
regency. However, the family has yet to decide when the burials will take place.
“We will have a
family meeting on Friday night to decide when they will be buried,” family
spokesman Marewa said. The four were taking a nap in the living room and guest
room of their house when the Fokker F-27 slammed into several homes belonging
to Air Force members and their families. Yohanis and his maid suffered
reporters that he had just returned home from work and was at the back of the
house when the incident occurred.
“All of a sudden,
I heard the sound of an airplane that was very close. A few minutes later, I
heard a very loud noise. I moved toward the sound and discovered that the part
of the aircraft had landed in my house,” he said.
Yohanis ran to
the rooms where his relatives were sleeping but couldn’t see their bodies.
fuselage had slammed into the bed,” he said. He finally managed to find his
family members’ bodies after neighbors helped him.
Ivon, was still at work at the time of the crash.
An Air Force
official has said that 11 people died in Thursday’s accident, including seven
Air Force members on board the aircraft and four civilians on the ground. (swd)