1052 GMT April 10, 2021
“There are no survivors. All fifty-four bodies have been found,” Indonesian Transport Ministry spokesman J.A. Barata said on Tuesday.
Search and rescue chief Bambang Soelistyo also said rescue teams reached the remote crash site at 9:30 a.m. local time (0030 GMT).
He added that the ATR 42-300 twin-turboprop plane was “completely destroyed,” noting, “Everything was in pieces and part of the plane is burnt. We could see burn marks on some pieces.”
Soelistyo went on to say that rescuers are looking for the plane’s black boxes, which could clarify the circumstances surrounding the aviation disaster.
There was also no information about the 6.5 billion rupiah ($470,000) that the turboprop plane had on board. The large sum of money was intended to be distributed among poor and needy families as social assistance funds.
The short-haul regional airliner, operated by Indonesian private carrier Trigana Air, was carrying 44 adults, five children and five crew members, when it crashed 10 minutes before it was due to land on Tuesday.
The flight had departed Papua’s provincial capital of Jayapura City, and was headed to the far-flung and mountainous settlement of Oksibil. The flight was scheduled to take about 45 minutes.
The incident is the latest to hit Indonesia’s aviation sector.
On August 12, one person was killed and five others sustained serious injuries, when a Cessna propeller plane operated by the small airline Komala Air crashed in Papua’s Yahukimo district.
In June, an Indonesian military aircraft went down in the North Sumatra provincial capital of Medan, claiming 142 lives.