Crashed Indonesian Plane Found, No Survivors

All 54 bodies have been found among the wreckage.

All 54 bodies have been found among the wreckage.

All 54 bodies have been found among the wreckage.

A plane that went down in eastern Indonesia two days ago was found “completely destroyed” and all 54 people on board dead, officials said, after rescuers finally reached the remote crash site Tuesday. The Trigana Air plane went down Sunday in bad weather during a short flight from the capital of Papua province to a remote settlement in the mountains. “The plane has crashed, it is completely destroyed,” search and rescue chief Bambang Soelistyo said of the ATR 42-300 after rescue teams reached the site at 9:30am (0030GMT). “Everything was in pieces and part of the plane is burnt. We could see burn marks on some pieces.” The plane was carrying 54 people- 49 passengers and five crew- and officials said all the bodies had been found among the wreckage. Attempts were now being made to remove the dead from the mountainous site, but the weather was creating problems. “The challenge is the weather, it changes from good to bad very fast and it’s very cold now,” Captain Beni Sumaryanto, Trigana Air’s service director of operation said. There was no immediate news on the fate of the 6.5 billion rupiah ($470,000) that were being transported by the plane in cash, intended for distribution to poor families as social assistance funds. A team of about 100 rescuers, including personnel from the military, police and search and rescue agency, were at the crash site, the transport ministry said.

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