Bad Weather Hampers Indonesia Plane Crash Recovery

Rescuers gather body bags containing bodies of victims recovered from the wreckage of the Trigana Air.

Rescuers gather body bags containing bodies of victims recovered from the wreckage of the Trigana Air.

Rescuers gather body bags containing bodies of victims recovered from the wreckage of the Trigana Air.

Bad weather on Wednesday hampered efforts to recover the bodies of 54 passengers and crew killed when a plane crashed in remote eastern Indonesia, an official said. The plane operated by Trigana Air went down Sunday during a short flight in bad weather in Papua province, killing everyone on board. Authorities planned to airlift the dead from the site but continuing bad weather Wednesday had so far made this impossible, said Captain Beni Sumaryanto, Trigana Air’s service director of operations. “The weather is not good today, only 500 meters visibility,” he told AFP from Jayapura, Papua’s capital. “It is terrible.” Two helicopters were ready to help with the recovery, he said. About 75 people stayed overnight near the crash site expecting to begin the recovery on Wednesday. A team of three investigators from France’s BEA agency, which probes air accidents, has headed to Indonesia along with four technical advisors from ATR, a European plane maker based in France, to look into the accident. The plane was also carrying 6.5 billion rupiah ($470,000) in social assistance funds that were to be distributed to poor families. Some of the money has been found, although some of it is burnt.

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