Investigators sifted Tuesday through the charred wreckage of the Mandala Airlines' Boeing 737-200, trying to determine why it slammed onto a crowded street in Indonesia's third-largest city, creating a path of destruction as it plowed into houses, cars, and pedestrians.
The dead in Monday's crash included 101 passengers and crew and 47 people on the ground. Sixteen people aboard the flight survived, including 5-year-old Pento Panjaitan, who had been traveling to Jakarta with his father.
Both were injured and taken to different hospitals, said Rini, a nurse at the Santa Elizabeth Hospital. His identity - and the fact that he had been on the plane - didn't become clear until late Monday, when the boy "started crying and looking for his dad," the nurse said.
Others were not so lucky. Hundreds of weeping family members gathered Tuesday at the Adam Malik Hospital morgue, looking for loved ones among a long row of charred bodies. Some women collapsed as they lifted the plastic yellow sheets in search of clues - a piece of clothing, jewelry, a familiar pair of shoes.
Remains not identified by early Wednesday will be buried in a mass grave next to another for victims of a Garuda Indonesia plane crash that killed more than 200 in 1997, said Dr. Suprato, the assistant director of the Adam Malik Hospital in Medan, who was helping with recovery efforts.
By late Tuesday, 40 corpses - most burned beyond recognition - had yet to be claimed.
Togi Simaranta, 35, didn't know what his cousin was wearing, but after more than 24 hours of searching still was not ready to give up.