Date
30 March 2017
National Search and Rescue Agency chief Bambang Soelistyo speaks with relatives of the passengers of a Trigana Air plane which crashed into the Indonesian jungle on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
National Search and Rescue Agency chief Bambang Soelistyo speaks with relatives of the passengers of a Trigana Air plane which crashed into the Indonesian jungle on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

No sign of survivors at wreckage of crashed Indonesia plane

All 54 people on board a Trigana Air passenger plane were killed when it crashed into the Indonesian jungle two days ago.

The ATR 42-300 plane came down in treacherous forest-covered terrain with 44 adult passengers, five children and infants and five crew.

The twin turboprop aircraft was also carrying about US$470,000 as part of a village assistance program.

Maj. Gen. Heronimus Guru, operations director at Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency, said remains were being put into body bags and recovered.

Officials have declined to comment on the cause of Sunday’s crash until the results of an investigation by the national transport safety committee.

However, Guru said the terrain in Indonesia’s easternmost province may have been a factor.

“There’s a possibility the aircraft hit a peak and then fell into a ravine because the place that it was found is steep,” he said.

Reuters is quoting transport ministry spokesman Julius Arivada Barata as saying the black box flight recorder, which should provide investigators with some answers, has been found.

There was no suggestion the money is somehow linked to the crash.

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