Lion Air JT610 crash: ‘I want to bring my husband home no matter what’
The Jakarta Post
The wife of Ahmad Endang Rokhmana came to a harbor at Tanjung Priok Seaport in North Jakarta from Tasikmalaya, West Java, to search for her husband’s belongings.
The harbor, Jakarta International Container Terminal 2, is the first place National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) personnel bring the debris of the plane and the remains of the victims of Monday's Lion Air flight JT610 crash before they are taken to Kramatjati Police Hospital in East Jakarta.
“I’m looking for my husband’s ID cards. I want to see the proof [that he was in the crash] Basarnas could find,” Siti Nuraini said as quoted by kompas.com.
She said she came with her child and two in-laws from Tasikmalaya to Jakarta on Monday. She had gone to the Kramatjati Police Hospital to give information to help identify her husband.
“I want some certain news as soon as possible. Whatever happens, I want to bring my husband home to Tasikmalaya,” she said.
Endang was a civil servant at the Finance Ministry, stationed in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung Islands. He came home once every two weeks to be with his family.
Siti said the last communication between her and Endang was on Monday morning when he told her he had arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
Head of the National Police Medical and Health Center, Brig. Gen. Arthur Tampi said on Tuesday the disaster victim identification (DVI) team had collected 147 DNA samples and 185 items of antemortem data from the families of the victims as of Tuesday night.
“We hope that the families can be patient during these times, as it is harder for us to identify body parts than intact remains,” he said during a press conference at the hospital, adding that the process of matching DNA samples with the remains took longer than fingerprint and visual identification.
Meanwhile, the South Sumatra Police in Palembang have opened an antemortem and DNA post for the relatives of seven victims hailing from the province.
The seven were: Reski Amalia, 32, from Palembang; Rian Ariandi, 23, and Rapi Andrian, 22, from Lubuk Linggau city; husband and wife Candra Kirana, 29, and Cici Ariska, 28, as well as Asep Sarifuddin, 19, and Dadang, 27, from Penukal Abab Lematang Ilir regency.
“We have been asked to collect antemortem data,” South Sumatra Police’s medical and health unit head, Sr. Comr. Tri Yuwono Putra, said Tuesday.
He said only the relatives of Reski Amalia had come to Bhayangkara Police Hospital in Palembang.
“Other relatives can go to [Palembang], they don’t have to go to Jakarta. We will send the data to Jakarta,” he said. (evi)
Yulia Savitri contributed to this story from Palembang, South Sumatra.
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