Small plane crashes in Papua, search on for crew

In pieces: The wreckage of a small Rimbun Air cargo airplane seen from a rescue helicopter near Intan Jaya, Papua province. — AP

A small cargo plane crashed in steep mountainous forest of Indonesia’s easternmost Papua province, officials confirmed after an aerial search located the lost Rimbun Air plane.

A search and rescue team has moved to the area to try to determine the conditions of the plane’s three crew members and the best way to evacuate them, Timika rescue agency Chief George Leo Mercy Randang said.

The Transportation Ministry previously said the local authority lost contact with the Twin Otter 300 plane about 50 minutes after takeoff.

Randang said the weather conditions in the morning when the plane took off were sunny. But it was cloudy where the plane crashed. — AP

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