| Mulyanda Djohan |
SURABAYA, East Java, Indonesia (Xinhua) – When two of the bodies found at the AirAsia crash site arrived Wednesday at the police hospital in Indonesia’s Surabaya, families and relatives of victims of the fatal plane rushed into the hospital to find out whether the two bodies are their family members.
Some of them started to cry before entering a waiting room at the police hospital, as they could not bear to know whether the two bodies belonged to their beloved ones.
It was the evening of December 31, 2014, on which most Indonesians are going out to streets and downtown, cheering for the turn of the year from 2014 to 2015.
Bringing trumpets and other equipment, a lot of citizens in Surabaya city are heading to several spots in the city where tents and stages have been set up for live music performance.
But the situation is far different for families and relatives of 162 people on board the QZ8501 AirAsia jet, who have been in sorrow since it has been confirmed that the plane crashed into the sea near Pangkal Bun of Central Kalimantan on Tuesday.
The ill-fated AirAsia Flight QZ8501 took off Sunday morning from Indonesia’s Surabaya city, capital of East Java province and was flying to Singapore, carrying 155 passengers and seven crews.
On Wednesday, the bodies of one boy and one woman, out of the seven corpses, were evacuated to the police hospital in Surabaya city and forensic teams began the process of identification, Awi Setiyono, spokesman of East Java provincial police told a press conference at the hospital.
Sigit Hartanto, about 50 years old, flew very far from Samarinda in Borneo Island to Surabaya city in Java Island, just to find out whether one of the two bodies in the hospital is his younger brother, Djarot Biantoro.
“Tonight, me and all of my family members are in sadness,” he told Xinhua at the hospital.
“This changed our habit of the New Year Eve, on which we are normally in happiness,” said Hartanto.
“I hope there will be a miracle for my brother,” he added.
To ease the anxiety of the victims’ families a bit, the forensic team promised fast work, as Doctor Budiono, chief of forensic doctor team at the police hospital said that the identification of the two bodies may be completed within three days.
“Besides, we anticipate the possible finding of all the victims by preparing more personnel and experts from prominent government institution and universities,” he told a press conference at the hospital after the arrival of the two bodies.
Search and rescue operation were hampered by poor weather on Wednesday, with five bodies still kept in an Indonesian navy ship and could not be sent to Pangkalan Bun in Central Kalimantan, the nearest base from the debris and the place where the bodies were found, Moch Hernanto, chief of search and rescue office in East Java province told Xinhua by phone.