Indonesian Police Helicopter Crashes Near Bangka Belitung Islands, One Body Found

- 29 November 2022 16:53 WIB
Police Brigadier General Ahmad Ramadhan during a press briefing. (PMJnews)
Police Brigadier General Ahmad Ramadhan during a press briefing. (PMJnews)

JAKARTADAILY.ID – An Indonesian police helicopter with register number NB0 105 P1103 lost contact at sea near the Bangka Belitung Islands on Sunday, November 27, 2022. 

Head of the Community Publication Bureau (Karo Penmas) of the National Police, Police Brigadier General Ahmad Ramadhan, said that the body of one of the helicopter crew members was found on Monday, November 28, 2022.

"Today this morning at 07.58, we report that the team has found a body that is suspected to be one of the crews from the helicopter," said Ramadhan in his statement, Monday 28 November 2022.

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Furthermore, Ramadhan said that for now the identity of the bodies found had not been identified because they were still being transported and examined.

Ahmad Ramadhan also revealed the chronology of the P-1103 helicopter before it lost contact near the Bangka Belitung Islands.

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According to Ramadhan, initially at 08.15 WIB (Western Indonesia Time), two helicopters (P-1113 and P-1103 helicopters) took off from Palangkaraya to Pangkalan Bun.

At 13.45 WIB, continued Ramadhan, the position of the two helicopters was hit by bad weather. However, the pilots of the P-1113 Helicopter and P-1103 Helicopter made different decisions in the face of the bad weather they were passing through.

"Where the captain of the P-1113 helicopter pilot made the decision to climb to a height of 5,000 feet. And the other pilot captain, the captain of the P-1103 helicopter pilot, made the decision to descend to a height of 3,500 feet," Ramadhan.

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At around 14.00 WIB, said Ramadhan, the captain of the P-1113 helicopter pilot tried to call the crew of the P-1103 helicopter via radio frequency, but there was no answer.

"At 14.24 WIB, the captain of the P-1113 helicopter pilot after landing landed at Tanjung Pandan Airport, checked the position of the P-1103 helicopter on the tower. But there is still lost contact," he explained.

Ramadhan confirmed that the data of the helicopters with register number NBO105/P-1103 were declared airworthy. The helicopter is piloted by a crew of four.

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