Indonesian airliner carrying 54 loses contact over Papua (Updated after the discovery)

Posted on August 16, 2015

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by Adam MS, editing by Alex JS

New update (8/18) Indonesian Officials: No Survivors in Papua Plane Crash

This photo released by the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) of Indonesia, Aug. 17,2015 shows the part of the wreckage that BASARNAS identified as of the missing Trigana Air Service flight that crashed in Oksibil, Papua, Indonesia.This photo released by the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) of Indonesia, Aug. 17,2015 shows the part of the wreckage that BASARNAS identified as of the missing Trigana Air Service flight that crashed in Oksibil, Papua, Indonesia.

Indonesian officials said Tuesday there were no survivors from a plane that crashed Sunday in the eastern part of the country.

Search crews reached the crash site in Papua province for the first time Tuesday after being delayed by treacherous terrain, and reported that the plane was “totally destroyed.”

The officials said the rescuers located the bodies of 53 of the 54 people who were on board Trigana Air Flight 267 when it crashed shortly before it was due to land in Oksibil.

In addition to the passengers and crew, the plane was also carrying nearly $470,000 in government funds to be distributed to poor families.

Aviation safety

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo told reporters after the crash that he instructed the transportation ministry to improve aviation safety to prevent future crashes.

Indonesia’s aviation sector has been marred by several major incidents recently, including last December’s crash of an AirAsia plane that killed 162 people.

The Pacific archipelago nation, one of Asia’s fastest-growing airline markets, is struggling to find enough qualified pilots, mechanics and air traffic controllers to ensure safety.

Trigana has suffered 14 serious incidents since beginning operations in 1991, and is on a list of Indonesian air carriers banned from European Union airspace.

Below is the original article ===

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An official says an Indonesian airliner carrying 54 people has lost contact over the country’s easternmost province of Papua.

Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata says a plane belonging to Trigana Air Service lost contact Sunday afternoon while flying from Papua’s provincial capital, Jayapura, to the Papua city of Oksibil.

“We are not sure what happened to the plane yet and we are coordinating with local authorities,” he told the agency.

“The weather is currently very bad there, it’s very dark and cloudy. It’s not conducive for a search. The area is mountainous.”

Contact was lost with the Trigana Air ATR 42 turboprop just before 15:00 local time (06:00 GMT) after take-off from Sentani airport in the regional capital Jayapura.

He says the ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane was carrying 49 passengers: 44 adult passengers, five children and infants, and five crew. He says the plane lost contact 33 minutes after taking off.

The plane, piloted by Capt.Hasanudin, was scheduled to arrive in Oksibil at 3:15 p.m. local time. Papua Police spokesperson Sr.Comr.Patrige said as quoted by Antarain Jayapura that the aircraft, which departed from Jayapura at 2:22 p.m, had not arrived in Oksibil.

The Jayapura-Oksibil flight normally takes 55 minutes. The police confirmed the Trigana plane had 54 people on board, including five crew members. The crew comprised pilot Capt.Hasanuddin, co-pilot Aryadin, mechanic officer Mario and female flight attendants Ika and Dita.

Authorities said a search and rescue team had been deployed.

Authorities of the Sentani Air Force Base and a search and rescue (SAR) team are carrying out an operation to locate the Trigana aircraft.

Sentani Air Force Base commander Col.I Made Susila Adyana said as quoted by Antara on Sunday that Sentani Air Force Base authorities, together with the SAR team, had mapped the area around the flight path to estimate the location of the aircraft, which had 49 passengers and five crew members on board.

Pegunungan Bintang Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Yunus Wally was quoted by Antara as saying in Jayapura on Sunday that it was suspected that the aircraft had crashed.

Missing plane: An emergency search and rescue operation is under way after a Trigana aircraft was reported missing during a flight from Jayapura to Oksibil on Sunday. (Courtesy of Trigana Air.com)

Names of the 49 people on board are:

1. Endah Mustika Sari

2. La boni

3. Yulita Kalakmabin

4. Manuella Uropmabin

5. Markus Kalakmabin

6. Oskar Mangonto.

7. Menakem Mote

8. Yosia Mote

9. Agustinus Luarmase

10. Dewa Putu Raka

11. M N Aragae

12. Yustinus Hurulean

13. La Ode M

14. Wa Ode Suriana

15. Yohanis Kiabra

16. Yunus Setamanggi

17. Supriyani

18. Pariem

19. Ardono/Hikmad

20. Yundriadi

21.Susilo

22.Utopdana Hosea

23.Asirun

24.Amran

25.Musvia

26.Wengdepen Bamulki

27.Esap Aruman

28.Piter

29.Surya

30.ThenusBabingga

31.Natikonop Ireneus

32.Marusaha Sitorus

33.Armaita

34.Epi Ardi

35.Eki Kimki

36.Kepi Deal

37.Petrus Tekege

38.Kasipmabin Engel Bertus,

39.Milka Kakyarmabin

40.Ewelin Uropmabin

41.Theo Stiben Kalakmabin,

42.Yusran

43.Egenio Dilam

44.Emilia Gobay

45.Ronald Dilam

46.Alimdam Yawan

47.Methodius

48.Marselino dan

49.Valerin.

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