INDONESIAN PLANE CRASHES IN PAPUA Wreckage spotted
Posted on 08/20/2015 | About Indonesia
The wreckage of an Indonesia regional plane carrying 54 passengers and crew which had gone missing flying over the eastern province of Papua has been found. Local villagers reported a plane flying low and going down in a mountainous region just outside Oksibil.
The head of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency said the plane had lost contact with air controllers 33 minutes after taking off, during the 45-minute journey between Sentani airport in the region's capital Jayapura and the Oksibil settlement, located to the south of the city. Weather conditions are poor, with heavy rain, strong winds and fog, and search teams were trying to reach the crash site early Monday.
The Trigana Air Service ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane had departed from the Papuan city of Jayapura.
This is yet another blow to Indonesian aviation which is still reeling from two major plane crashes in the last few months, including an AirAsia jet carrying 162 which crashed into the Java Sea last December.