All bodies retrieved after Indonesian plane crash (dpa German Press Agency)
Jakarta (dpa) – The bodies of all 54 victims of a weekend plane crash
in Indonesia’s Papua province have been retrieved, a rescue official
The remains were taken to the provincial capital Jayapura for
identification, said Bambang Sulistyo, the head of the National
Search and Rescue Agency.
The ATR 42-300 plane crashed on Sunday minutes before its scheduled
arrival at Oksibil in Pegunungan Bintang district on a 55-minute
flight from Jayapura.
Local military commander Colonel Sugiono said the missing flight data
recorder had now been found, Antara news agency reported.
The cockpit voice recorder was found earlier on Tuesday.
Papua relies heavily on air transport because of limited road
networks through its jungle.
The crash was the third major air accident in Indonesia in
eight months, and is likely to raise more questions about the
country’s aviation safety.
In December, AirAsia flight QZ8501 crashed into the Java Sea off
Borneo midway from Surabaya to Singapore, killing all 162 people on
In June, at least 141 people were killed after an Indonesian Air
Force C-130 plane crashed into a residential area in Medan, North
Sumatra and burst into flames.