On 1st January 2007, Adam Air Aircraft Boeing 737-400 flight KI-574, registered as PK-KKW departed from Surabaya to Manado at 05:55UTC (12:55WIB, JKT time) with total of 96 passengers and 6 crew on board. The aircraft was first missing yesterday and it was later reported to be found near Polewali town (West Sulawesi). Base on recent news there were only 12 survivors of this air disaster.Surprisingly, the news about discovery of the aircraft wreck near Polewali which was reported by number of worldwide news agencies including BBC, Reuters, CNN, New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes (nearly all major news agencies) base on the official Indonesian government source is NOT TRUE. All this information was false and based on rumours from villagers near Polewali. Basically, the villages spread rumours about the aircraft wreck near their village, other added some more fantasy stories and somehow almost everyone started to believe in it. I'm not very surprised with all this as Indonesia is spread over a very wide geographical area and such confusion can happen. Bad weather is also hampering the rescue operation and government is still running rescue operation after Indonesian ferry sank off the coast of Java on Friday (29.12.2006). Sadly the confusion resulted in major rescue team being deployed to the incorrect location. Now, interesting collection of false statements: "The plane's location has been found and 12 people from the 102 people on board have survived," said Adam Air rescue spokesman Capt. Hartono. "We are going to evacuate them to Makassar," he said, referring to South Sulawesi's provincial capital. First Air Marshal Eddy Suyanto, the commander of Hasanuddin air base in the Sulawesi city of Makassar, told Radio Elshinta: "The plane is in ruins." Police Chief Col. Genot Hariyanto had earlier said that search and rescue teams arrived at the crash site on Sulawesi's western coast early Tuesday and found the charred remains of Adam Air Flight KI-574 and scores of bodies. First Air Marshal Eddy Suyanto, later apologised for the incorrect statement - I must admit he really looked like he was very sorry and very embarrassed. I think the lesson to everyone (including me) from this issue is the apparent need for a careful verification of any source of information, even if it is an official government source. Myself I was wondering since morning why local TV stations didn't show any video or photos of the located wrack of the missing aircraft. Just for reminder, on February 2006 I've mentioned that an air accident like this one could happen before the end of 2006. Fortunately, my prediction was wrong and unfortunately only by less than one day. Frankly speaking base on my experience of living here for more than five years, I seriously doubt this accident will change anything in the poor safety conditions of local budget airlines. Actually not only aircrafts but also airports, as the rampant corruption and poor safety procedures at local airports are simply shocking. The price tag on this is human lifes. In recent TV interview Ruth Simatupang, investigator at KNKT (Komite Nasional Keselamatan Transportasi/National Transportation Safety Committee) mentioned that poor condition of Indonesian airports is a significant safety factor in high rate of aircraft incidents in Indonesia, especially lack of advanced communication and navigation systems. She also mentioned that some of the local aircraft operators seem to cut costs too much. The list of passangers and air crew on the flight: Air crew:
1. PIC: CPT. REFRI A. WIDODO 2. FO: YOGA 3. FA1: VERAWATI CHATARINA 4. FA2: DINA OKTARINA 5. FA3: NINING IRIYANI 6. FA4: RATIH SEKAR SARIPassengers:
1. ABDULAH/ MR 2. AGUS/ MR 3. ALI/ MR 4. ALLOWISIUS/ MR 5. ANNIE/AA MRS 6. ARIF/BUDIANTO MR 7. ARISTON/SETYOWIDODOM 8. BAMBANG/MARDIANTO MR 9. BAMBANG/SUPRIYANTO MR 10. BAMBANG/UTOYO MR 11. BENNY/LENDO MR 12. BENNY/ MR 13. BOBI/ MR 14. BOY/ MR 15. BRAM/TANGAHU MR 16. CHRISTINA/AGATHA MS 17. CICI/TURANGAN MRS 18. CINDY/W MS 19. DANIEL/H MR 20. DARIANTO/FA MR 21. DASILVA/ MRS 22. DAVID/ MR 23. DELON/ MSTR.IN 24. DESSY/KATARINAPAULUS 25. ELLEN/ MRS 26. ELNNY/W MS 27. EOB SUSETIJA BUDI/ MR 28. ESTER/MARAMIS MRS 29. FAJAR/JONAH MR 30. FATHURROHMAN/ MR 31. FERI/TRIHANDAYANI MRS 32. FERRY/KUINGO MR 33. FITTORIO/ MR 34. FLONIA/ASSA MS 35. GABRIEL/ MR 36. GARY/ MR 37. GLENN/ MR 38. HALID/ MR 39. HALIM/DEDIANTO MR 40. HANS/RUMENGAN MR 41. HERRY/SUDARYONO MR 42. IBRAHIM/ MR 43. IGNATIA/GATUWATI MS 44. INGGRID/ MRS 45. JENNY/PANDA MS 46. JOLLY/WILLEMMOMONGAN 47. JOPPY/W MR 48. JUFRI/M MR 49. JUNEKE/ MRS 50. KOMANG/PRADINA MS 51. KRISTINA/ MS 52. LALE/DANIEL MR 53. LEONARDO/PRAMATYAA MS 54. LIMANA/SARIDEWI MRS 55. LINDSEY/ MS 56. LISA/KAIRUPAN MS 57. MADE/DWI MS 58. MARIA/JTOLIN MRS 59. MARICE/S MRS 60. MARRY/K MRS 61. MATHEW/ MSTR.IN 62. MAYA/ISMAWATI MRS 63. MEILAN/MS 64. MELVA/W MS 65. MILKA/ MISS.IN 66. MIRECHELE/ MSTR.IN 67. NICO/R MR 68. NOVI/HENDRAYANTO MR 69. NOVI/KAWENGIAN MRS 70. PASARIBU/LETDA MR 71. PETRASELSRUMPIA/ MR 72. PILIH/ MR 73. POLITTON/FNICODR MR 74. PUNGKY/ MR 75. RENDY/H MR 76. RIANE/ MRS 77. RIRIN/MRS 78. ROISATUL/MUSLIMAH MS 79. RONALD/ MR 80. SAMSURI/ MR 81. SCOTT/JAKSON MR 82. SINTJE/KALALO MRS 83. SRI/HARTINI MRS 84. STEPHANIE/ MRS 85. STEPHANUS/GATUWATI MR 86. SYAMSUL/ARIFIN MR 87. TEOFILUS/RIKESAA MSTR 88. TUMBELAKA/NONTJE MS 89. TUMINEM/ MRS 90. VIRA/KMS.CH 91. WARTI/ MS 92. WIESYE/ MRS 93. YAHYA/KUSTEDJO MR 94. YONO/ MR 95. YOSBE/KAWENGIAN MR 96. YOULA/IROTH MRSIf you want to know what pilots think of Adam Air, you can read this post. More technical comments from pilots here (new thread), and if you plan to fly with Adam Air anytime in the future, you may want to take a look at this (source): Disini anda bisa mendapat review yang sangat baik dalam bahasa indonesia.