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Indonesia concludes Russian jet victims identification

Publication Date : 21-05-2012


The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) concluded its search for victims of the Sukhoi Super Jet 100 that crashed at Mount Salak in Bogor, West Java, on May 9.

The National Police said that all 45 passengers who perished aboard the ill-fated flight had been identified.

National Police health division head Brig. Gen. Musadeq Ishak said that the families of the victims could see the remains on Tuesday and take them home for burial on Wednesday.

"All identification processes have now been concluded and we will notify the victims’ families,” Musadeq said.

Musadeq said the identification process had been completed by the National Police Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team at Raden Said Sukanto National Police Hospital in Kramat Jati in East Jakarta by using methods including fingerprint identification, forensic pathology, forensic anthropology, forensic odontology and DNA tests.

Members of the DVI team confirmed that 31 of the victims were male and 14 were women. Of the total victims, 35 were Indonesian citizens.

Although the search for the victims’ remains has not entirely been concluded, Basarnas is focusing on finding the Flight Data Record (FDR).

"We have deployed a team since Friday to start searching for the FDR and they will work around the site where the CVR [cockpit voice recorder] was retrieved,” he said.

The team consists of 186 people from the SAR team, the Army Special Forces (Kopassus), Air Forces Special Forces (Paskhas). There are also 10 Russian experts accompanying the team.

Basarnas spokesperson Gagah Prakosa said that members of the team had been equipped with metal detectors to help the search for the missing FDR.

Gagah said that the FDR could likely be located near to the CVR as both of the black box components are located side by side at the plane’s tail. The search has now been extended to one kilometer from where the CVR was retrieved.

The CVR, which was retrieved last Monday in a cliff a hundred meters above the plane’s tail, records the pilot’s conversations while the FDR records speeds, altitude increases and pitches.

KNKT team investigator-in-charge, Sr. Air Safety Investigator Mardjono Siswosuwarno, said that the new CVR analysis process would soon be complete.

"We have actually done the transcription and translation from Russian to English,” he said, “However, we still need to re-check the results.”

Mardjono said that the analysis was conducted with the assistance of a Russian pilot.

He also said that on Tuesday an Indonesian diplomat would arrive from Russia to help re-checking the results.

"We can start putting the pieces together as to why the plane crashed, but no conclusions can be drawn until the FDR is retrieved,” he said.

State-owned insurance company PT Jamsostek is preparing at least 7.5 billion rupiah (US$808,059) to compensate 12 of the 45 victims.

The 12 victims are workers who were insured under the company’s social security programme and were registered as workers at Indonesia Air Transport, PT Dirgantara Indonesia, Air Maleo, Pelita Air, Bloomberg, Trans TV, Aviastar and Sky Aviation, Jamsostek president director Hotbonar Sinaga said on Saturday as quoted by Antara news agency.

The victims were categorised as those accidently injured during work.

The amount of compensation families could claim on behalf of their deceased relatives would depend on the amount of their salaries that their respective companies reported to Jamsostek.

The compensation amount would be as much as 48 times a victim’s salary, plus pension funds, 2 million rupiah ($216) for burial funds and an additional 4.8 million rupiah ($518) which came from 200,000 rupiah ($21) in social security paid for 24 months, Hotbonar said.


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