Date
26 May 2017
Family members of passengers on a missing Trigana Air flight seek information at Sentani Airport, Jayapura, in Indonesia’s Papua province on Sunday. Credit: Reuters
Family members of passengers on a missing Trigana Air flight seek information at Sentani Airport, Jayapura, in Indonesia’s Papua province on Sunday. Credit: Reuters

Indonesian plane with 54 on board crashes in Papua

An Indonesian plane carrying 54 people crashed into a mountain in a remote region in Papua on Sunday, the latest in a string of aviation disasters in the Southeast Asian nation, Reuters reported.

“The latest information is that the Trigana aircraft that lost contact has been found at Camp 3, Ok Bape district in the Bintang Mountains regency,” the report cited Indonesia’s Air Transportation Director General Suprasetyo as saying.

“Residents provided information that the aircraft crashed into Tangok mountain.”

It is not yet known if anyone survived the accident.

Earlier, Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency said a twin-turboprop plane had lost contact with air traffic control as it flew over the forested area of in the eastern part of the country.

The aircraft, a short-haul ATR 42-300 airliner belonging to Trigana Air Service, was carrying 44 adult passengers, five crew and five children and infants, according to the report.

The plane was flying between Jayapura’s Sentani Airport and Oksibil, due south of Jayapura, the capital of Papua province.

Trigana has had 14 serious incidents since it began operations in 1991, according to the Aviation Safety Network. 

Indonesia has suffered two major air disasters in the past year.

Last December an AirAsia plane crashed in the Java Sea, killing all 192 people on board. And in July, a military transport plane crashed in a residential area of Medan, claiming 140 lives, BBC noted.

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