Crashed Indonesian Plane Found ‘Destroyed’, No Survivors
Rescue workers in Indonesia on Tuesday finally reached the site of the Trigana Air Service plane crash which was initially reported missing on Sunday. All 54 persons on board were found dead.
The plane was carrying 44 adult passengers, five children and five crew members when it went missing on the flight between Jayapura, the provincial capital, and Oksibil, an inland town near the border with Papua New Guinea.
All those on board were Indonesian, authorities said.
The airliner lost contact with air traffic control Sunday, about half an hour into a short flight from the provincial capital to a town in the mountains.
Search planes spotted debris on a mountainside Monday, but efforts to try to reach it on foot and by helicopter were suspended until Tuesday because of fog.
Aviation authorities in Indonesia earlier stated that villagers reported seeing a plane crash into a mountain. The site where the crashed plane was found is about 14 kilometers (9 miles) from the airport where the plane was supposed to land, according to search officials.
The Sunday crash aside from being the third in eight months was also the 20th safety incident that Trigana Air would be involved in, counting from 1992. 11 of the 19 incidents before it had resulted in major damage to aircraft while 8 others ended in complete disaster of total loss of the aircraft and many deaths.
Trigana Air had also been blacklisted by the European Union in 2007, banned from flying into European airspace over safety concerns.