Coverage of the Lion Air JT610 Airplane Accident
It has been the last four days that I was assigned to cover Basarnas since the crash of the Lion Air flight JT 610 on the Jakarta-Pangkal Pinang route. Since the last four nights I have not been able to sleep well even though I work until the night and until the boarding house is always almost 12 at night. I wondered what if I had been in that bad luck. I imagined how the families of the victims felt. I imagine the horror of the moment when the plane carrying 189 passengers and crew fell free and sank.
Covering events like this is quite emotional. Moreover, on the day of the accident, two family members of one of the passengers came to the Basarnas Building. They find out the truth about the accident news and want to ask about the condition of his family. I understand their psychological condition, how confused they are to find out where. In the midst of this condition, it is not good for me as a journalist to ask questions.
Several hours after the news that the Lion Air plane lost contact and Basarnas confirmed that the plane crashed in the waters of Tanjung Karawang, West Java, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati also rushed to the Basarnas Building in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. Sri Mulyani also came to confirm information about the accident. The reason is that there are dozens of his men on the plane.
On the first day, Basarnas continued to update information every few hours until evening. The last press conference was held at 20.00 WIB. Journalists are also still busy in the Basarnas lobby and keep updating information regarding the search for passengers and aircraft.
First day press conference:
On the second day of the search operation, Tuesday, October 30 2018, Basarnas decided to conduct press conferences only twice a day, namely at 13.00 and 19.00 WIB. Questions are still about problems in the search for the fuselage and passengers who are suspected of being trapped in the fuselage. In the second day of search operations, the SAR team used four ships equipped with sophisticated equipment to search under the water surface. Dozens of ships were used to search above water. Four helicopters were also deployed.
Second day of press conference:
On the third day of the search operation, the fuselage was still missing. An object was detected that was thought to be a wreck. It’s just that after searching, the object was not a plane but a wreck. On the third day, there is not much news to write because previously the Head of Basarnas and related parties had held a press conference at JICT Tanjung Priok, which is one of the main posts for the SAR team in this search operation. Alright.
Third day press conference:
The third day is still better. The fourth day of the zonk. There is no press conference at Basarnas. Even though there were still many journalists who came, although not as many as the first and second days. The schedule for the first press conference at 13.00 was shifted to JICT. On the fourth day of the search operation, the black box was found. Alhamdulillah.
I kept waiting until evening. I hoped that there would still be a press conference, but in the end it was canceled and there would be no press conference at Basarnas. Finally, one reporter folded back right.
Canceled and empty fourth day press conference:
With prayers for the victims of the plane crash, may God the Almighty place them in Heaven. The family left behind was given courage and a broad heart in the face of this disaster. Aamiin.