Indonesian plane confirmed destroyed, 32 bodies found (dpa German Press Agency)
Jakarta (dpa) – Searchers on Tuesday found 32 bodies among the
wreckage of the plane that crashed at the weekend in Indonesia’s
Papua province with 54 people on board, an official said.
The ATR 42-300 aircraft operated by Trigana Air Service crashed on
Sunday just 10 minutes before its scheduled arrival at Oksibil in the
mountainous Pegunungan Bintang district.
“The plane is totally destroyed,” search chief Bambang Sulistyo
“It’s very unlikely we will find survivors,” he said.
Attempts by rescue workers to reach the location had earlier been
hampered by mountainous terrain and bad weather, officials said.
The plane was on a 55-minute flight from the provincial capital
Jayapura to Oksibil.
Four of the passengers were post office workers carrying 6.5 billion
rupiah (468,000 dollars) in cash, said FX Haryono, the head of the
Jayapura post office.
The money was to be distributed to families in Pegunungan Bintang
under a government social welfare scheme.
Papua relies heavily on air transport because of limited road
networks through its jungle.
The crash is the third major air accident in Indonesia in
eight months and is likely to raise more questions about the
country’s aviation safety.
On December 28, 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.