Five coffins of Lion Air crash victims flown to Pangkalpinang

Five coffins of Lion Air crash victims flown to Pangkalpinang

Karmin (68), an inhabitant of Koba, Central Bangka, Bangka Belitung Islands, was one of 178 adult passengers who died in a Lion Air flight JT 610 crash in Tanjung Karawang Waters, West Java, on Oct 28, 2018. . ANTARA FOTO/Ananta Kala/Lmo/kye.

Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung,  (ANTARA News) - Five coffins of the Lion Air crash victims would have arrived at Depati Amir Airport in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung Province, on Tuesday morning, a search and rescue agency`s official said.

"The coffins will be flown from Jakarta on Tuesday at around 06.35 am local time and arrive at Depati Amir Airport in Pangkalpinang at around 07.20 am local time," Head of Pangkalpinang National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Danang Priandoko said.

These five Lion Air crash victims had been identified by the Indonesian Police`s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team members, he said, adding that they are all residents of Bangka Belitung Province and are flown by different airlines.

The coffin of Eryanto, a 41-year-old resident of Tanjung Bunga housing complex of Sinar Bulan Village, Bukti Intan Subdistrict, Pangkalpinang city, for instance, was transported by Sriwijaya Air at around 06.35 am local time, he said.

The four other coffins containing the bodies of Resti Amelia (27), Dede Angaraini (40), Hendra (39), and Fera Yunita would be flown from Jakarta to Pangkalpinang by Lion Air aircraft. Then, each of the coffins would be given to the mourning families for burial.

The Lion Air flight JT 610 crashed into the Java Sea off Tanjung Karawang, West Java, 13 minutes after taking off from Cengkareng`s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 6:20 a.m. local time on its way to Pangkalpinang on Monday (Oct 29).

The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, carrying 189 people on board, reportedly lost contact at 6:33 a.m. local time.

In connection with the related authorities` endeavor to unearth the causes of the Lion Air plane crash, Indonesian divers had succeeded in finding the ill-fated Lion Air plane`s flight data recorder, or the plane`s first black box, on Nov 1.

In another development, the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has extended the period of evacuation operation for three days to help find the remaining bodies of the victims and the Cockpit Voice Record or the other black box.

"Hopefully, this operation will have been completed within the next three days," M. Syaugi, the Basarnas chief, had stated on Sunday.

The team is also still attempting to find the plane`s fuselage.

Reporting by Aprionis
Editing by Rahmad Nasution