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The Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency team continues a search operation for the 62 passengers of Sriwijaya Air Flight 182, which crashed into the ocean shortly after takeoff on Saturday.
the Boeing 737-500 airplane was heading from Jakarta to the city of Pontianak, on the Indonesian side of Borneo, when it lost contact at 2:40 pm local time, 11 nautical miles north of Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

There were 50 passengers, 43 adults and 7 children, on board, as well as 12 crew members, according to Indonesia’s transport minister.

Indonesian search and rescue personnel carry body bags containing human remains and debris from Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182 for investigation by investigators
Indonesian search and rescue personnel carry body bags containing human remains and debris from Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182 for investigation by investigators (Getty)

On Sunday, family members gathered at a victim identification center in Jakarta and at a crisis center in Pontianak, where they awaited any news from their loved ones.

This is what we know about the victims so far.

Pilot Captain Afwan is a former Indonesian Air Force pilot who was widely admired and had over 30 years of flying experience.
Pilot Captain Afwan is a former Indonesian Air Force pilot who was widely admired and had over 30 years of flying experience. (BBC / Endah)

Captain Afwan, 54, is the father of three children and was an experienced pilot.

According to the BBCCaptain Afwan was an Air Force pilot before flying commercially in 1987.

“He was a very good man. He often gave advice, wise advice. He was a prominent figure in his neighborhood and he was well known for his kindness,” said Ferza Mahardhika, Captain Afwan’s nephew. BBC.

“I am devastated and I cannot believe this is happening. Please pray for the uncle and our family.”

Rescuers inspect debris found in the waters around the site where a Sriwijaya Air passenger plane lost contact with air traffic controllers shortly after take-off, at the search and rescue command center in Tanjung Priok port. in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday, January 10. 2021. The Boeing 737-500 took off from Jakarta to Pontianak, the capital of the West Kalimantan province on the Indonesian island of Borneo, and lost contact with the control tower moments later. (AP Photo / Dita Alangkara) (AP)
The married couple Muhammad Nur Kholifatul Amin (R) and Agus Minarni had traveled to Java to attend the funeral of Amin's father.
The married couple Muhammad Nur Kholifatul Amin (R) and Agus Minarni had traveled to Java to attend the funeral of Amin’s father. (CNN)

Agus Minarn and Muhammad Nur Kholifatul Amin

Agus Minarni and Muhammad Nur Kholifatul Amin had traveled from their home in Mempawah, Indonesian Borneo, to Jakarta, Java, to attend the funeral of Amin’s father, which took place in Ponorogo, East Java.

While in Ponorogo, they were also able to spend time with one of their sons, who attends boarding school there.

When the couple returned to Jakarta, Minarni’s brother, Yudiansyah Yunus, asked him for help in getting a place at boarding school for one of their children.

That was the last time they would get in touch, Yunus said. CNN.

Ms Minarni and her husband were supposed to fly home on January 5 on another airline – Nam Air, she said.

But when they arrived at the airport on Tuesday, they were informed that to board the flight they would have to undergo a PCR test for coronavirus, a process that would delay them another two days from flying.

Once the couple got their test results, they were able to rebook their flight home, but this time, it would be on another airline, Sriwijaya Air.

Yunus says that the loss of his sister has left a great void in the family and that he will miss her terribly.

She was a kind person, he said, adding that she had always helped him and his younger sister in many ways. She added that she was a particularly caring person and had treated her aunts and uncles with kindness.

Rizki Wahyudi, 26, and his wife Indah Halimah Putri, 26, are seen with their 7-month-old son, Arkana Nadhif Wahyudi.
Rizki Wahyudi, 26, and his wife Indah Halimah Putri, 26, are seen with their seven-month-old son, Arkana Nadhif Wahyudi. (CNN)

Yunus said he will take care of the couple’s teenage children, who are now orphans.

It is imperative that “all stakeholders, the airline and the government take this investigation seriously,” Yunus said.

He added that he hopes that the Indonesian authorities will do everything possible “to at least find his remains in any form” so that he can bury his sister “correctly, like those who normally die.”

“That’s all I hope for,” he said.

Indonesian Navy divers remove part of a plane from the water during a search operation for the Sriwijaya Air passenger plane that crashed into the sea near Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday, January 10, 2021. (AP)

A family of five in transit.

A family of five from Bangka Island, an island east of Sumatra, is missing and feared dead, according to the family’s aunt she spoke to. CNN.

The family released a statement Saturday saying that Rizki Wahyudi, 26, his wife Indah Halimah Putri, 26, and their seven-month-old son were on the flight that crashed.

Mr. Wahyudi’s mother and cousin were also on the flight with them.

Mr. Wahyudi has worked for the Indonesian Forestry Commission in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, a province on the Indonesian side of Borneo, for the past three years.

The family of five had been to the Bangka Islands visiting other family members and were heading back to West Kalimantan via Jakarta.

On Sunday, two of Wahyudi’s uncles in Bangka submitted their DNA to help with the identification process.

A pregnant mother and her family visiting relatives in Jakarta.

Ratih Windania, who was four months pregnant, was visiting relatives in Jakarta with her two-year-old daughter Yumna, her eight-year-old nephew Athar Rizki Riawan, uncle Tony Islmail and Aunt Rachmawati, according to Riawan’s father, Iwan.

In a story posted on her Instagram account before leaving the Jakarta airport on Saturday, Windania says goodbye to family members living in Jakarta.

Windania also posted a cheerful photo of herself and her smiling daughter and nephew sitting on the plane moments before takeoff.

An investigator from the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee inspects parts of the Sriwijaya Air SJ-182 that crashed into the waters off the island of Java, at the Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday, January 10, 2021. (AP)
Yohanes Suherdi, 30, poses with his wife Susilawati Bungahilaria and their 5-year-old son, Rian Gusti Rafael, in this Christmas portrait.
Yohanes Suherdi, 30, poses with his wife Susilawati Bungahilaria and their 5-year-old son, Rian Gusti Rafael, in this Christmas portrait. (CNN)

Father and businessman Yohanes Suherdi, 30 years old

Yohanes Suherdi had been in Jakarta on a business trip and was eager to return to his family in Ngarak, a town several hours from the Pontianak airport.

His wife, Susilawati Bungahilaria, 32, said CNN he hopes Suherdi is safe and that the family can be reunited soon. The couple have a 5-year-old son, Rian Gusti Rafael.

Bungahilaria said she had spoken with her husband, whom she described as a “very good and sociable person”, shortly before takeoff.

“His last message to me was not to forget to take our son to the doctor because he had a fever,” she said.

Sobbing, she said her son keeps asking when his father will come home.

Bungahilaria and Suherdi’s father traveled to a crisis center established in Pontianak on Sunday where they delivered physical items that could help with the identification process, including the father’s DNA.


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