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Jakarta Post

Distraught families mourn members lost in Sriwijaya crash

  • Budi Sutrisno


Jakarta   /   Sat, January 16 2021   /  01:00 am
Navy divers head out to the crash site off the northern coast of Jakarta on January 12, 2021, during recovery operations for Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 which crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta on January 9 with 62 people onboard. (Agence France-Presse/Azwar Ipank)

“Heading back to Pontianak, guys! We’re now in the airport,” said 8-year-old Athar Rizki Riawan as he recorded himself playing around in Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, before boarding Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 on Saturday. Athar was among 10 children on the plane that plunged into the Java Sea minutes after taking off, as was 2-year-old Yumma Fanisyatuzahra, his second cousin whose pink Minnie Mouse hoodie was later found intact by navy divers. The crash has ripped a gaping hole in their family since Yumma’s mother Ratih Windania, as well as her grandparents Toni Ismail and Rahmawati, were also on the same plane, among the 40 adult passengers and 12 crew members who perished. The five victims had gone on vacation to West Java’s Bandung in late December and had planned to go back to West Kalimantan on New Year’s Day. The...