Officials of the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency have announced that the crashed Trigana Airline plane is totally destroyed.
The plane, which had 54 people on board, went missing on Sunday in a remote area of Papua New Guinea. Efforts by rescuers to reach the crash site, after villagers reported that they saw the plane crashed into a mountain side, was frustrated by bad weather on Monday and the search and rescue efforts was suspended.
However rescuers have managed to reach the crash site and are reporting that the plane is completely destroyed with all its occupants burnt beyond recognition.
“The plane was totally destroyed and all the bodies were burned and difficult to identify,” National Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo told The Associated Press.
“There is no chance anyone survived,” he added.
He said so far 38 bodies had been recovered.
The plane was also reported to be carrying about the equivalent $470,000 in the local currency which was meant to be distributed to poor families in the eastern province of the country.