What we know about the victims of the Lion Air plane crash off Indonesia, where there were ‘likely no survivors’

Lion Air plane crash

A plane carrying 189 people between two Indonesian cities crashed Monday morning.

Lion Air Flight JT 610 was traveling from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang when the Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed into the sea at about 6:33 a.m. local time. Everyone on board is presumed dead, and recovered remains have been brought to hospitals for identification.

So far, around 53 body bags of human remains have been uncovered. Rescuers say that most people on board are likely trapped inside the wreckage.

The Reuters news agency reported Monday that “Yusuf Latief, spokesman of the national search and rescue agency, said there were likely no survivors.”

Deputy National Police Chief Ari Dono Sukmanto said at a press conference Tuesday that the identification will be difficult as so few bodies are intact.

Information is still limited, but here is what we know about the 189 people on board:

Bhavye Suneja, the pilot

Gulshan Suneja, the father of pilot Bhavye Suneja, is consoled in New Delhi before he leaves for Jakarta.
REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Suneja had logged more than 6,000 flight hours, according to Lion Air.

Indonesia’s Indian Embassy said on Twitter that Suneja “lost his life.”

His co-pilot, whose name was Harvino

Rescuers carrying a body bag with the remains of a passenger of Lion Air Flight JT 610. Harvino is not in the picture / REUTERS/Stringer

Harvino had logged more than 5,000 flight hours, according to Lion Air, which named him alongside Suneja.

It is common for Indonesians to use only one name.

6 other crew members

Lion Air Group CEO Edward Sirait talking to the media after a news conference near Jakarta / REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Lion Air named the six crew members:

  • Shintia Melina
  • Citra Noivita Anggelia
  • Alviani Hidayatul Solikha
  • Damayanti Simarmata
  • Mery Yulianda
  • Deny Maula.

A 21-year-old, her father, 52, and brother, 13, who were traveling to a funeral

Rescue workers with a part of the plane’s wreckage that shows Lion Air’s logo / REUTERS/Stringer

The BBC reported that Michelle Vergina Bongkal, 21, was on the flight to attend her grandmother’s funeral. She was traveling with her brother, Mathew, 13, and father Adonia, 52.

Her sister Vina told the BBC that the family had already been grieving the death of the grandmother.

She said the family regularly flew this route but normally used other airlines. She said they used Lion Air as they needed to take an early flight to attend the funeral.

A woman trying to get pregnant who was headed home for rest

People watch as a rescue helicopter heads to the crash site / REUTERS/Beawiharta

Fiona Ayu was trying to get pregnant by IVF, her aunt told the BBC, and she was traveling to her home time to get some rest.

“I am still holding out hope that she will come back, I am praying and praying for that,” her aunt Dede told the BBC.

A son

A crying mother shows a graduation picture of her son, Agil Nugroho Septian, who was on the flight / Antara Foto/Lukmansyah via REUTERS

Agil Nugroho Septian was a passenger on the flight.

His mother showed a photo of him at his graduation at her house in Tegal, Indonesia.

A father and son travelling to a soccer game

Police identify recovered belongings believed to be from the crashed flight / REUTERS/Edgar Su

Nuni Hesti, 53, told CNN she had lost both her son and grandson, Wahyu Aldilla and Xherdan Fahrezi, in the crash.

She said they were traveling back from Jakarta after watching a soccer game over the weekend.

A recently married 22-year-old, travelling for work

Shoes of passengers of Lion Air flight JT610 were laid out at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta / REUTERS/Beawiharta

22-year-old Deryl Fida Febrianto, who had married just two weeks ago, was on the flight as he was traveling to his work on a cruise ship, the Daily Mail reported.

His wife, Lutfinani Eka Putri, 23, said her husband was messaging him from the plane before take off.

A brother

A rescue team member finds a shoe, believed to be from a passenger of the Lion Air flight / Antara Foto/Galih Pradipta via REUTERS

Bambang Rosali Usman’s name was on the list of passengers, though his brother, Haris Kiswanto, is hoping for a “miracle,” Channel News Asia reported.

“My brother, Bambang Rosali Usman, his name was on the manifest of Lion Air JT610. But we are still hoping for a miracle, that he is fine and healthy, maybe stranded somewhere,” Kiswanto said.

1 Italian citizen

People watching rescuers preparing to head to the crash site / REUTERS/Beawiharta

An Italian passenger was on board the crashed plane, Reuters reported. No further information was available.

Italian newspaper Il Messaggero said that 26-year-old Italian national and former professional cyclist Andrea Manfredi was on board.

His old cycling team, Bardiani, expressed its condolences on Twitter on Monday: “The memory of a serious guy and in love with his sport, will remain indelible in the minds of all those who, in these years, have had the good fortune to know him.”

A US State Department spokesperson told Business Insider that the department was “not aware” of any US citizens on board and it was in contact with the airline and Indonesian authorities.

A sister

Families of passengers on the Lion Air flight look at the belongings of passengers in Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok port / REUTERS/Beawiharta

Sugiharto Fong’s younger sister was on the flight.

According to Channel News Asia, she said: “It is God’s will, we cannot do anything. We just hope that his remains will be found by search and rescue team soon. We hope others, like the police, can help [with] the search and find him soon. We’ll keep praying.”

A recently married woman, traveling for work

An Indonesian rescue team member points out the spot on a map where Lion Air flight JT610 crashed into the sea / REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Murtado Kurniawan told the BBC that his wife was on the plane. The pair were recently married and she was traveling for work, he said.

“I can’t live without her, I love her,” he said.

5 relatives

A rescue team member examines shoes that belonged to a passenger on the flight / Antara Foto/Muhammad Adimaja via REUTERS

Djap Min Jung, 40, said five of his loved ones were on the plane, Channel News Asia reported.

A teen girl’s mother

Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo inspects the recovered debris of Lion Air flight JT610 / REUTERS/Edgar Su

Keshia Aurelia, 14, told Channel News Asia that her mother was on the flight.

She said she learned about the crash from her teacher, but did not know that her mother was on board at first: “I went downstairs and saw my friends cry. I thought there was an accident to my uncle because my mum flew to see him. It turns out it was my mum.”

She said that she and other relatives were frustrated at the lack of information from officials.

2 babies

No other information about them has been released.

Indonesian authorities have recovered the body of one baby in their search, Deputy National Police Chief Ari Dono Sukmanto told reporters, CNN reported.

1 child

People watching rescuers heading to the crash site / REUTERS/Beawiharta

Lion Air said one child was on board. It did not specify the child’s age, or say what its criteria are for “baby”, “child”, or “adult.”

At least 20 Indonesian government officials

Indonesia’s Finance Ministry confirmed that 20 passengers were government officials.

Spokesperson Nufransa Wira Sakti told the BBC that the men were returning to work after spending the weekend in Jakarta. He said they often took this flight as it was the one that got them to the office on time.

140 other passengers

Relatives of passengers on the Lion Air flight cry at Bhayangkara R. Said Sukanto hospital in Jakarta / REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

A further 140 people were on the plane. Authorities have given no identifying information about them other than that they are adults.

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