Grief, Anger Overflow as Families Confront a Silent Lion Air
JAKARTA Distraught and angry relatives of those killed when a Lion Air jet crashed last week have confronted the airline’s co-founder during a meeting Monday arranged by Indonesian officials.
Rusdi Kirana, the co-founder, was not invited to speak by Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, who moderated the meeting between relatives and the officials who are overseeing the search effort and accident investigation.
But he stood and bowed his head after angry and distraught family members demanded that Kirana, who with his brother Kusnan Kirana founded Lion Air in 1999, identify himself.
The Lion Air jet crashed into the Java Sea on Oct. 29 just 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.
“Lion Air has failed,” said a man who identified himself as the father of passenger Shandy Johan Ramadhan, a prosecutor in a district of the island where the flight was headed.
“I want Mr. Rusdi Kirana and his team to pay attention,” he said. “Since the time of the crisis, I was never contacted by Lion Air. We lost our child, but there was no empathy that Lion Air showed to us.”
After the meeting, Kirana left in a hurry, avoiding questions from reporters.
Source: Voice of America