All bodies recovered at Indonesian plane crash site

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All the bodies of the 54 people aboard an ATR42-300 of Trigana Air Service that crashed have been found, an official said.  Henry Bambang Soelistyo, head of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) said the bodies were found in Okbape district near Oksibil city, the flight’s scheduled destination, reported Xinhua.  The plane crashed on Sunday enroute from Jayapura’s Sentani airport for Oksibil.  The debris of the plane, which apparently hit a mountain slope, was spotted on Sunday.  Tatang Kurniadi, head of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT), said the plane was fit to fly on that day.indonesia-plane-crash-site

indonesia-planeThe ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane took off from Sentani airport in Jayapura at 14:21 local time on Sunday, but lost contact with air traffic controllers half an hour later.

Bad weather is believed to have been a possible reason for the crash. A search plane was forced to turn back on Sunday because of dangerous flying conditions.

Oksibil, which is about 280km (175 miles) south of Jayapura, is a remote, mountainous region, which is extremely difficult to navigate.

Trigana Air has had 14 serious incidents since it began operations in 1991, losing 10 aircraft in the process, according to the Aviation Safety Network.indonesia-papua-oksibil

It has been on a European Union blacklist of banned carriers since 2007. All but four of Indonesia’s certified airlines are on the list.

Indonesia has suffered two major air disasters in the past year.

Last December, an AirAsia plane crashed in the Java Sea, killing all 192 people on board – and in July a military transport plane crashed in a residential area of Medan, Sumatra, claiming 140 lives.