Wreckage of missing Indonesian plane found

Searchers in hunt of the missing Indonesian plane with 54 people on board have spotted the wreckage of the Trigana Airline plane off a mountain side.

The plane, carrying five crew members and 49 passengers, including five children, was travelling from Jayapura, the provincial capital, to Oksibil, near the border with Papua New Guinea.

The plane went missing on Sunday after flying in bad weather in the remote eastern province of Papua.

A post official said few hours ago that the plane was carrying $470,000 cash meant to be shared among poor families in the eastern province.

“Four of our personnel were escorting the funds,” said Haryono, the head of Jayapura post office. Haryono is known by a single name.

“The plane has been found (by villagers). According to residents, the flight had crashed into a mountain. Verification is still in process,” said the transport ministry’s director-general of air transportation, Suprasetyo, who goes by one name.

He said information from villagers are still sketchy but officials are trying to get more details from the locals.

J A Barata, transport minister, further said police and army search and rescue teams are headed to the site.

Bad weather frustrated initial search  for the missing plane and the search parties were called off from the area before they could sight the plane.

Indonesia has a terrible air safety record and a number of local carriers are banned from European Union airspace. 

Last December, an AirAsia passenger jet crashed during a two-hour flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, killing all 162 people on board. 

In June, more than 100 people died after a military plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Medan, the country’s third-largest city.


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