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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Small plane crashed in Papua, Indonesia; 3 crew members were found dead

On September 15, 2021, the wreckage of a small Rimbun Air cargo plane was seen from a rescue helicopter on a mountain near Intan Jaya, Papua Province, Indonesia. (Basarnas via AP)

JAKARTA, Indonesia – On Wednesday, a small cargo plane crashed in a steep mountain forest in Papua province, the easternmost part of Indonesia, killing all three people on board.

George Leo Mercy Randang, head of the Timika rescue agency, said that rescuers had arrived at the crash site of the Rimbun Air plane and confirmed that all three crew members had died.

He said that bad weather conditions and steep terrain hindered the recovery of the victims.

The Ministry of Transportation stated that the Twin Otter 300 aircraft lost contact about 50 minutes after takeoff. With construction materials on board, the ship traveled from Nabre district to Intan Jaya district.

Indonesia Plane Crash
On September 15, 2021, a rescue helicopter saw the wreckage of a small Rimbun Air cargo plane on a mountain near Intan Jaya, Papua Province, Indonesia. (Basarnas via AP)

Landang said the weather was fine when the plane took off, but the crash site was cloudy.

An aerial search found the crashed aircraft in Intan Jaya. At least 10 officials from search agencies, Indonesian military and national police went to the scene on foot.

Indonesia is a huge archipelago with a population of approximately 270 million. In recent years, it has been plagued by traffic accidents, including plane crashes and sinking of ferries.

Edna Tarrigan

Associated Press

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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