Indonesia's Finance Minister Meets With Families of Lion Air Crash Victims

The Indonesian Finance Ministry said 21 employees were on board a Lion Air flight that crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff on Monday, October 29.

The aircraft departed Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport en route to Pangkal Pinang, carrying a total of 189 people before it lost contact. Rescue workers had found aircraft debris, passengers’ belongings and remains in an area of sea northeast of Jakarta.

The National Search and Rescue Agency, also known as Basarnas, said it was unlikely anyone survived the disaster.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati met to with the families of Finance Department staff killed in the crash at the crisis centre at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport and at Polri Kramat Jati Hospital in Jakarta in the evening of October 29.

The footage also shows Sri Mulyani paying respect to the deceased at the ministry’s complex in Jakarta in the morning of October 30.

The Finance Ministry said the employees on board Flight JT 610 worked in Pangkal Pinang. Some of them were in Jakarta to take part in the ministry’s anniversary event and meetings last weekend, some were also visiting their families. Credit: Sri Mulyani Indrawati via Storyful