Indonesia plane crash: Indonesia Missing Plane Found
Published: August 17, 2015
Indonesia plane crash: Indonesia Missing Plane Found, The Indonesian passenger plane that crashed with 54 people on board in Indonesia’s mountainous Papua region was transporting about 6.5 billion rupiah ($470,000) in cash to distribute to poor families in the eastern province.
“Four of our personnel were escorting the funds,” said Haryono, the head of Jayapura post office. “The money was in four bags”, he added.
Rescue teams have spotted the wreckage of the plane in the Papua region.
There has been no information of any survivors from the crash, which happened in bad weather Sunday. Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata said there was no indication that the pilot had made a distress call.
Officials said the wreckage was spotted about 12 kilometers (7 miles) from Oksibil, and Henry Bambang Soelistyo, the chief of the National Search and Rescue Agency, said search and rescue teams were preparing to try to reach the crash site by air and foot.
The ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane was carrying 49 passengers and five crew members on a scheduled 42-minute journey, Barata said. Five children, including two infants, were among the passengers.
The plane operated by Indonesian carrier Trigana Air lost contact with air traffic control just before 3pm (0600 GMT) Sunday after taking off from Jayapura, the capital of Papua province, the search and rescue agency said.
Officials said initially that villagers in the Okbape district of Papua reported seeing a plane crash. The transport ministry later said local residents had found the wreckage.
“The plane has been found (by villagers). According to residents, the flight had crashed into a mountain,” said the transport ministry’s director-general of air transportation, Suprasetyo, who goes by one name.
Officials were still verifying the information from local residents, he said. There was no information about whether anyone may have survived.
Search and rescue teams, police and the military would head to the site as soon as possible Monday, said transport ministry spokesman JA Barata.
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