Update : Indonesia plane wreckage found in Papua

Update : Indonesia plane wreckage found in Papua

Update : Indonesia plane wreckage found in Papua

Written by Staff Writer

16 Aug, 2015 | 8:04 pm

The wreckage of an Indonesian plane carrying 54 people has been found in the remote Papua region, officials say.

The Trigana Air flight left the regional capital Jayapura for Oksibil in the south at 14:21 local time (05:21GMT), but lost contact with ground control.

Indonesia’s transport minister told reporters the aircraft had been found in the Bintang highlands region of Oksibil.

It is not yet known if anyone survived.

The wreckage was found by villagers, who told officials it had crashed into a mountain.

The ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane was carrying 44 adult passengers, five children and infants, and five crew.

It took off from Sentani airport in Jayapura, but lost contact with ground control half an hour later at 14:55.

An official search had been suspended due to poor light.

-BBC 

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