ACTNews, JAKARTA – Another sad story came from Indonesia. On Monday, a Lion Air flight JT610 from Jakarta to Pangkalpinang was reportedly lost contact at 6:33 a.m. After losing contact with the air traffic control, flight data showed that it made a sudden, sharp dive into the sea.
According to situation report released by Disaster Management Institute of Indonesia (DMII) Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), the plane carried two pilots, six crew members and 181 passengers, including three minors. To this day, the Search and Rescue (SAR) operation is still ongoing by joint teams consisting of various elements.
Three ships and one helicopter were deployed to help the SAR operation. Items that presumably belonged to the passengers were found on several locations. Debris, life vests, some personal items and six dead bodies were found in the water off Karawang North Coast. The retrieved items will be sent to the rescue post in Tanjung Priok Harbor, Jakarta.
Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) sent rescue team consisting of twelve personnel to help the evacuation of the plane that meant to fly to Depati Amir Airport. Kusmayadi, Coordinator of ACT Evacuation team stated that the team was split in two and was sent to two locations. “One team was dispatched to Pakis Beach where the plane presumably fell down, and one team was dispatched to Tanjung Priok Post to evacuate the victims who are found,” said Kusmayadi.
This afternoon, added Kusmayadi, ACT Emergency Response Team will evacuate the victims using KRI Karel Sasuit Tubun. The identification of parts of the plane will be done with the assistance of the team who has been in Karawang, West Java. “In accordance with the plan, tomorrow (10/30), a number of personnel will join the search and rescue operation aboard KRI Karel Sasuit Tubun,” said Kusmayadi.