Family of Dana Air Victim Wants Body Returned to Indonesia
The family of Indonesian citizen Widyo Utomo, one of the victims of the Dana Air crash in Nigeria, want his body returned to Indonesia for burial.
“We hope that something can be taken home, whatever the form is,” Widyo’s father Wardjijanto said as quoted by detik.com on Monday. “We don’t only want a statement [that he died]. The Indonesian embassy should try [to bring the body home].”
The family has already prepared a burial plan. Widyo’s remains will be buried at a cemetery near his home in Bogor.
Widyo, 38, worked as a flight engineer for Dana Air. He was one of the 153 people on board when the airplane crashed into a densely populated neighborhood in Lagos, killing all people on board and many others on the ground. The cause of the crash remains unknown.
Director of Citizen Protection Affairs at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Tatang Razak, said on Tuesday that the family’s DNA had been taken at Kramat Jati police hospital and would be sent to Nigeria to claim the body.
“The DNA sample of the family is being taken by a police forensics team,” Tatang said on Tuesday.
Widyo’s mother said she could not stop worrying since the Sukhoi Superjet 100 crashed into Mount Salak in Bogor, on May 9, 2012.
“After the Sukhoi accident, I always felt unease,” Nanik Sukarni said as quoted by detik.com. “I kept on praying that such a tragedy, like Sukhoi, would not happen to my son.”
When Widyo was about to leave, Nanik said she held him tight, something she did not normally do. Wardjijanto, who never accompanied his son to the airport, joined Widyo on the Damri bus from Bogor to Soekarno Hatta airport.