No survivors in Indonesia plane crash


JAKARTA: Five people were found dead after a small plane crashed in Indonesia’s Papua province a day earlier, the latest in a series of aviation accidents to hit the country.

The Pilatus Porter PC-6 aircraft lost contact around mid-day on Wednesday, just eight minutes after it took off from Wamena city in the eastern province’s mountainous region. It had been flying southwest toward neighbouring Nduga.

The plane wreckage was spotted in a mountainous area 14km from Wamena airport late on Wednesday.

The plane, owned by missionary firm Associated Mission Aviation, was carrying three passengers and two crew, including the Dutch pilot. The other four victims were Indon­esian.

Rescue crew began work early yesterday and all five bodies were recovered from the crash site, officials said. — AFP

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