Indonesia plane with 54 crashes in Papua
ATP- Arab tourism portal- Jakarta, Villagers in Indonesia s remote and mountainous eastern Papua region reported that an aircraft had crashed, a Trigana Air official said on Sunday, several hours after an aircraft carrying 54 people went missing, media reports said.Earlier the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) said a twin-turboprop aircraft had lost contact with air traffic control as it flew over the forested area but efforts to trace the plane were difficult because of failing light as night fell.
Indonesia has a patchy aviation safety record and has seen two major plane crashes in the past year, including an AirAsia flight that went down in the Java Sea, killing all on board.Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry confirmed that the aircraft had been found crashed in Oktabe district of Papua. Further details are awaited."We received reports from residents.
We, along with the search and rescue team, also sent aircraft to search for it," Trigana Air operations director Beni Sumaryanto said, according to the kompas.com news portal.He said that within 30 minutes of receiving news that the aircraft was missing, the airline sent another ATR 42 to search along the same flight path but it found nothing because of bad weather.
He said police, military and search teams would check the area where there had been reports of a crash, in Oksibil district, in the morning.According to the official Basarnas Twitter account, the aircraft, a short-haul ATR 42-300 airliner belonging to Trigana Air Service and built in France and Italy, was carrying 44 adult passengers, five crew and five children and infantsThe plane was flying between Jayapura’s Sentani Airport and Oksibil, due south of Jayapura, the capital of Papua province.
Air transport is commonly used in Papua, Indonesia’s easternmost province, where land travel is often impossible.According to the Aviation Safety Network, an online database, the ATR 42-300 that went missing made its first flight 27 years ago. ATR is a joint venture between Airbus and Alenia Aermacchi, a subsidiary of Italian aerospace firm Finmeccanica.
The airline has been on the EU’s list of banned carriers since 2007. Airlines on the list are barred from operating in European airspace due to either concerns about safety standards or the regulatory environment in their country of registration.
The airline has a fleet of 14 aircraft, according to the airfleets.com database. These include 10 ATR aircraft and four Boeing 737 classics. These have an average age of 26.6 years, according to the database.