Indonesia TV says Lion Air black box has been found

admin   •   November 1, 2018   •   2396

 

Black box being transferred | TV ONE/KOMPAS TV via REUTERS

The black box of the doomed Lion Air plane, which crashed carrying 189 people on board, has been found, Indonesian media reported on Thursday (November 1).

Indonesia deployed divers on Tuesday (October 30) to search for the cockpit recorders with “pinger locators” and find out why an almost-new plane went down in the sea minutes after take-off.

Ground staff lost contact with flight JT610 of budget airline Lion Air 13 minutes after the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft took off early on Monday (October 29) from the airport in Jakarta, the capital, on its way to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang.

Indonesia, one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets, has a patchy safety record. With the now almost certain prospect of all on board having died, the crash is set to rank as its second-worst air disaster. — Reuters

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PCG in S. Mindanao orders intensified patrols vs. illegal entry of travelers from Indonesia

Marje Pelayo   •   July 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Southern Mindanao recently ordered its station, sub-stations, floating assets, and operational control (OPCON) units to carry out intensified monitoring and regular border patrols in the region to prevent illegal entry of people from Indonesia.

The directive comes after reports of surge in Delta variant cases wreaking havoc in the said Asian country.

Indonesia was recently included by the national government in the list of countries with travel restrictions.

It shares borders with the Philippines in Southern Mindanao and its proximity poses a huge risk of virus importation.

In view of this, PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr. directed all Coast Guard districts and units nationwide to step up monitoring of all vessels with crew or passengers who may be carriers of the COVID-19 Delta variant, most especially borders near Indonesia and Malaysia in the Southern part of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Captain Rejard Marfe, the acting commander of PCG District Southern Mindanao, also ordered all PCG units in the region to ensure that measures are in place, in coordination with local government units and other law enforcement agencies.

DOH: 12 Filipino crew of tugboat from Indonesia tested positive for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Twelve crew members of a sea vessel that arrived in the country from Indonesia tested positive for COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the tugboat, which carried 20 Filipinos, is currently docked at a port in Albay.

Eleven of the patients were kept strictly aboard the boat while one is under watch in Butuan after he disembarked to go home to his family despite orders to stay in the boat.

Vergeire said the patient in Butuan snuck off the ship and road a public transport to reach his residence.

“Iyong kaniyang close contacts, kasama ang driver ng public transport at isa pong helper at lahat ng kaniyang kapamilya ay nai-quarantine na po ng local government natin,” she said.

The remaining crew members of the ship tested negative for coronavirus, she added.

Vergeire said the DOH has collected five samples from the 11 COVID-19 positive cases aboard the vessel. These samples will be sent to the Philippine Genome Center for sequencing to determine if they are infected with a coronavirus variant.

The Philippines has so far confirmed 35 Delta variant cases, with three fatalities. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Mga Pilipino sa Indonesia na balak umuwi sa Pilipinas, pinayuhang ipagpaliban ang biyahe

Robie de Guzman   •   July 19, 2021

Pinayuhan ng Embahada ng Pilipinas sa Indonesia ang mga Pilipino roon na ipagpaliban muna ang kanilang biyahe kung nagbabalak silang umuwi sa Pilipinas dahil sa umiiral na travel restrictions.

Ayon kay Charge D’ Affaires ng Philippine Embassy sa Indonesia na si Consul General Bryan Dexter Lao, hanggang sa katapusan ng Hulyo epektibo ang travel restrictions ng Pilipinas para sa bansang Indonesia bunsod ng mga kaso roon ng mas nakakahawang Delta variant ng COVID-19.

“Ang kailangan nilang gawin sa ngayon ay kausapin ang kanilang travel agent o airline para makapag-rebook sila ng flights,” ani Lao.

“Hindi pa natin masabi kung ano ang mangyayari sa mga susunod na panahon kung makakabiyahe ba sila agad dahil hihintayin pa natin ang magiging kautusan ng pamahalaan tungkol sa pansamantalang travel ban,” dagdag pa niya.

Maliban sa Indonesia, may ipinaiiral ding travel ban ang Pilipinas para sa mga bansang India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, at Oman hanggang sa Hulyo 31.

Batay sa ulat ng Embahada ng Pilipinas, aabot sa 15 Pilipino sa Indonesia ang nahawa ng COVID-19 at kasalukuyang nagpapagaling.

Tiniyak ni Lao na patuloy silang nakabantay sa sitwasyon ng mga Pilipino sa Indonesia at tuloy rin ang operasyon ng Embahada roon.

“Nakamonitor kami dito, base sa aming pagtataya, mayroon tayong mga Pilipino na naapektuhan ngayon ng COVID-19, siguro humigit kumulang mga sampu hanggang labing-lima. Hindi naman malubha ang kanilang mga kaso,” ayon sa opisyal.

Nasa 4,000 hanggang 8,000 ang bilang ng mga Pilipinong nagta-trabaho sa Indonesia. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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