Sriwijaya plane crash: National Police Hospital receives 308 body bags

Jakarta The Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team at the National Police Hospital received 308 body bags from the site of the Sriwijaya Air plane crash in the waters off the Thousand Islands.

“Until now, we have received as many as 308 bags (containing bodies) from phase 1 in Tanjung Priok,” Commander of the DVI Center for Medicine and Health of the National Police, Senior Commissioner Hery Wijatmoko, stated during a press conference at the Kramat Jati National Police Hospital, East Jakarta, on Monday.

Wijatmoko remarked that of the 308 body bags, his side had identified 29 victims of the Sriwijaya Air plane that had crashed into the waters of Male and Lancang Islands, Thousand Islands.

“The 15 body bags that have been identified were handed over to the family,” Wijatmoko remarked.

The senior commissioner noted that during the identification process, the National Police Hospital had also collected 438 DNA samples from the families of the victims. This figure is complete for the 62 victims registered in the Sriwijaya Air SJ-182 manifest.

Wijatmoko confirmed that for today’s identification activity, the DVI Team will conduct a four-table examination for postmortem to scrutinize the two bags handed over yesterday.

“We received 168 bags of items of possession,” he stated.

The Sriwijaya Air SJ-182 plane crashed into the waters of the Thousand Islands between Laki Island and Lancang Island, Thousand Islands District, DKI Jakarta, on Saturday (Jan 9).

The Boeing 737-500 plane, bearing registration number PK-CLC, lost contact after departing from the Sukarno Hatta Airport at 14:40 WIB and was scheduled to land at Supadio Airport, Pontianak, at 15:50 WIB.

Source: Antara News