A Boeing 737-500 plane traveled from Jakarta to Pontianak on the Indonesian side of Borneo. It lost contact at 2:40 pm local time (2:40 am US Eastern time) and was 11 nautical miles north of Soekarno-Jakarta International airport.
The Minister of Transport of Indonesia said there were 50 passengers-43 adults and 7 children-and 12 crew members on board.
On Sunday, families gathered at the victim identification center in Jakarta and the crisis center in Pontianak, where they waited for any news from their loved ones.
So far, this is what we know about the victims.
Agus Minarni and Muhammad Nur Kholifatul Amin
Agus Minarni and Muhammad Nur Kholifatul Amin traveled from their home in Mempawah, Borneo, Indonesia to Jakarta, Java, to attend the funeral of Amin’s father, which was held in Ponorogo, east of Java.
When they were in Ponorogo, they were able to spend time with a son, attending a boarding school there.
When the couple returned to Jakarta, Minarni’s brother Yudiansyah Yunus asked her for help to ensure that one of his sons was enrolled in a boarding school.
Yunus told CNN that that was their last contact.
He said Minarni and her husband were supposed to fly on another aircraft carrier, Nam Air, on January 5.
But when they arrived at the airport on Tuesday, they were told to board the plane and they needed to undergo a PCR test for the coronavirus-a process that would allow them to fly for another two days.
Once the couple get the test results, they can rebook the return flight, but this time on another airline, Sriwijaya Air.
Yunus said that the loss of his sister has left a huge gap in the family, and he will miss her very much.
He said that she is a kind person and added that she has been helping him and his sister in many ways. He added that she was a very caring person and had good intentions for her aunt and uncle.
Yunus said he will take care of the couple’s teenage children, who are now orphans.
Yunus said, “All relevant stakeholders, airlines and governments must take this investigation seriously.”
He added that he hopes that the Indonesian authorities will do everything they can to “at least find their remains in any form” so that he “will bury his sister appropriately like a normal deceased.”
He said: “This is what I hope for.”
A family of five is on the way
According to the aunt of the family who spoke to CNN, a family of five from Bangka Island, the eastern island of Sumatra, has disappeared, fearing death.
The family issued a statement on Saturday that 26-year-old Rizki Wahyudi, his 26-year-old wife Indah Halimah Putri, and their 7-month-old son were on the crashed flight.
Wahyudi’s mother and cousin are also flying.
For the past three years, Wahyudi has worked for the Indonesian Forestry Commission in West Kalimantan (Kateapang), which is on the Indonesian side of Borneo.
The family of five had visited other family members in the Bangka Islands and returned to West Kalimantan via Jakarta.
On Sunday, Wahyudi’s two uncles submitted their DNA in Bangka to help with identification.
A pregnant woman and her family visit relatives in Jakarta
Four months pregnant Ratih Windania and her 2-year-old daughter Yumna are visiting family in Jakarta. 8-year-old nephew Athar Rizki Riawan; Riawan’s father Iwan said, Tony Islmail’s uncle and Rachmawati’s aunt.
Before departing from Jakarta Airport on Saturday, in a story sent to her Instagram account, Windana said goodbye to her relatives living in Jakarta.
Windania also posted a happy picture of herself and the moment her smiling daughter and nephew were sitting on the plane before takeoff.
Father and businessman Yohanes Suherdi, 30 years old
Yohanes Suherdi is on a business trip in Jakarta and looks forward to returning to his family in Ngarak Village, a few hours away from Pontianak Airport.
His wife Susilawati Bungahilaria, 32, told CNN that she hopes Suherdi will be safe and that the family can be reunited as soon as possible. . The couple have a 5-year-old son, Rian Gusti Rafael.
Bungahilaria said that she talked to her husband shortly before takeoff, and she described her husband as “very kind and sociable.”
She said: “The last message he gave me is not to forget to take our son to the doctor with a fever.”
She sobbed and said that her son kept asking his father when to go home.
Bungahilaria and Suherdi’s father went to the crisis center in Pontianak on Sunday, where they submitted physical objects that helped the identification process, including the father’s DNA.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the number of passengers on the flight. There are 50 passengers and 12 crew members.