THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said no Filipino was on board an Indonesian aircraft that plunged into the sea yesterday morning.
The Philippines offered its sympathies and prayers to Indonesia after a Lion Air 737 aircraft bound for Pangkal Pinang in Bangka Belitung Islands, with 181 passengers including one child and two babies and eight crew members, crashed into the sea merely 15 minutes after taking off around 6:20 a.m. from Jakarta.
About 300 people, including police officers, fishermen and soldiers involved in the search and officials, said they had not yet recovered any bodies, only ID cards, personal belongings and aircraft debris.
Ambassador to Indonesia Lee Hiong Wee said the Philippine Embassy is in touch with the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as soon as the crash was reported.
Wee said he was informed that there was no Filipinos in the flight manifest.