Friday, September 17, 2021

Small plane crashes in Indonesia’s Papua; 3 crew found dead

The wreckage of a small Rimbun Air cargo airplane is seen from a rescue helicopter in the mountain near Intan Jaya, Papua Province, Indonesia on September 15, 2021. (Basarnas via AP)

Jakarta, Indonesia: A small cargo plane crashed on Wednesday in a mountainous forest in Indonesia’s easternmost Papua province, killing all three people on board.

Timika Rescue Agency chief George Leo Mercy Randang said rescuers had arrived at the crash site of the Rymbun Air plane and confirmed that all three crew members were killed.

He said bad weather and rough terrain were hampering the recovery of the victims.

The Ministry of Transport said the Twin Otter 300 lost contact about 50 minutes after takeoff. It was going from Nabre district to Intan Jaya district with construction material on board.

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The wreckage of a small Rimbun Air cargo airplane is seen from a rescue helicopter in the mountain near Intan Jaya, Papua Province, Indonesia on September 15, 2021. (Basarnas via AP)

Randang said the weather was pleasant when the plane took off, but it was cloudy where it crashed.

An aerial search of the plane that crashed in Intan Jaya was conducted. At least 10 officers from the search agency, the Indonesian army and the national police trekked to the site.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of some 270 million people, has been plagued by transport accidents in recent years, including plane crashes and boat sinks.

by Edna Tarigan

The Associated Press

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Small plane crashes in Indonesia's Papua; 3 crew found dead
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