Heartbreaking messages left by the passengers of the missing Indonesian plane, to their loved ones, before the plane crashes and is swallowed up by the sea at the tragic end of the first major aviation accident in 2021.
Among the victims, the traveler, Ratih Wendania, whose last message was a picture of her with her children, laughing, sent to her family, accompanied by the phrase, “Goodbye folks. We are on our way home at the moment.”
The victim’s brother, Irvansiah Rianto, posted this photo on Instagram with the phrase “Pray for us”. Not only was his sister on the plane, but his parents as well.
Irvansiah said that he was the one who drove them to the airport, and they were supposed to board another plane, according to the “Daily Mail” website.
Like dozens of desperate families, Irvansiah rushed to the airport as soon as he heard the tragic news, hoping to obtain news of survivors.
“We feel helpless and we can only wait and hope for any information soon,” Irvansiah told reporters.
Police have asked families to provide information to help identify any bodies being recovered, such as dental records and DNA samples.
The co-pilot’s brother, the pilot, refused to believe that his brother had died, and he said in the police hospital when he asked for a blood sample: “I think that my younger brother survived, this (blood test) is only for police procedures,” and he added that his brother is a good man. We still think he survived. ”
Panka Widia Norsanti, a middle school teacher, was on the plane, and her husband said she had sent him a letter telling him that the weather was not good. He replied, “Pray a lot, please.”
The head of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee, Soirganto Tejjono, said the authorities had found the two black boxes at sea, and divers were now trying to retrieve them, along with body parts and wreckage.
He added: “We are doing our best to find the victims and save them. We all pray to find them.”
Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on a 90-minute flight over the Java Sea between Jakarta and Pontianak in West Kalimantan.
But at 2.40 pm – just 4 minutes after take-off – the Boeing B737-500 crashed, as witnesses claimed to have heard two explosions.
A fisherman named Sulayhin said that he was at sea when he saw the plane crash in the water near his ship and indicated that the plane “fell like lightning in the sea and exploded in the water. It was very close to us, and the shrapnel almost collided with my ship.”
He added, “We thought it was a bomb or a tsunami, as it was raining heavily and the weather was very bad … We were shocked, and we directly saw the wreckage of the plane and the fuel around our boat.”