Jakarta Police sets up DVI post for SJ182 victims at Police Hospital

Jakarta Police sets up DVI post for SJ182 victims at Police Hospital

Search and rescue officers look for Sriwijaya Air plane victims in waters off Laki Island, Pulau Seribu District, Jakarta, on Jan 9, 2021. (ANTARA/Gulkarmat Kepulauan Seribu)

The Metro Jaya Police tonight prepare a DVI at the Kramat Jati Police Hospital, which will serve the families of plane victims, who will look for family members if the bodies of the victims are found
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta Metropolitan Police set up a disaster victim identification (DVI) command post at Kramat Jati Police Hospital, East Jakarta to identify victims of the Sriwijaya Air plane crash.

"The Metro Jaya Police tonight prepare a DVI at the Kramat Jati Police Hospital, which will serve the families of plane victims, who will look for family members if the bodies of the victims are found," Commissioner Yusri Yunus, spokesman of the Jakarta Police, said here on Saturday.

The Jakarta police have also deployed a search and rescue (SAR) team to help look for passengers from the ill-fated Boeing 737-500 flying the Jakarta-Pontianak route, believed to have crashed in the waters off Laki Island and Lancang Island, Pulau Seribu District, Jakarta, on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, poor visibility in the waters off Pulau Seribu islands hampered the search for the missing Sriwijaya Air SJ182 aircraft carrying 62 people aboard, according to Basarnas (National Search and Rescue Agency) Deputy for Operations and Preparedness Bambang Suryo Aji.

"Currently, our personnel are already in the field and have found several parts of the plane, and the obstacle we face today is poor visibility because it is night time," he said during a virtual press conference held here on Saturday.

Nevertheless, Basarnas continues to make every effort to find the location where the plane is thought to have crashed during heavy rains.

SJ182 is thought to have crashed within minutes of taking off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, when air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane at around 2:40 p.m. local time.

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