An Indonesian man expects his blessings after he has not come on board the convicted Lion Air plane with 189…
An Indonesian man expects his blessings after he has not come on board thewith 189 passengers and crew crashing in Java Sea Monday morning. Sony Setiawan, an official of the Indonesian finance ministry, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that he missed the flight because of Jakarta’s infamous traffic jam, which inadvertently saved his life.
As officials save the worst of those who boarded the flight, Setiawan is still figuring out how he became so happy. He abducted the battered Boeing-737 MAX but was commuting to Soekarno-Hatta Airport.
“I usually take (flight) JT61
0 – my friends and I always take this plan,” Setiawan told AFP. “I do not know why traffic at the toll road was so bad. I usually arrive in Jakarta at 3 o’clock but this morning I arrived at the airport at 6:20 am and I missed the flight.”
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Lion Air said that the all-new aircraft, on a one-hour and 10-minute flight to Pangkal Pinang on an uphill summit outside Sumatra, carried 181 passengers, including one child and two children and eight crew members.
The National Search Service Vice President, Nugroho Budi Wiryanto, said that around 300 people including soldiers, police and local fishermen are involved in the search. A tweet from the agency showed six body bags containing the remains that had returned to the airport.
When asked if there is hope of survivors, Wiryanto said: “We are waiting for miracles from God.”
Indonesian finance minister Sri Mulyani also met the boss who sought information about 20 finance ministries who were on the run after to have attended a ministry in jakarta
While he is grateful for being alive, Setiawan is heart shortage of his friends who were on the flight.
“The first time I heard I cried,” he said. “I know my friends were on that flight.”
Setiawan ended up on another flight to Pangkal Pinang and just found out about the crash when he landed safely. He then called his family, filled with relief and emotion.
“My family was in shock and my mother cried, but I said I was sure, so I just have to be grateful,” he said.
The crash is a significant blow to the country’s security record after the increase in ban on its airlines of the European Union and US Indonesian airlines that were barred in 2007 moved to Europe because of security issues, although several were resumed in the following decade. The ban was completely suspended in June this year. The USA repealed a decade ban in 2016.