JAKARTA – A search and rescue team has reached the site where a Trigana Air Service flight is believed to have crashed yesterday in the remote Okbape district near the Bintang Range in Indonesia’s Papua province.
Local media reports quoted Papua Police Public Relations chief Rudolf Patrige as saying that the search area was 15km from the town of Oksibil.
He said the local people reported having seen the plane flying low in the vicinity of the mountain range.
“They saw the plane flying low and then heard a crash. The local people are also going to the crash site to help,” he said.
It was a difficult and long route to the area because of the jungle and hilly terrain, he added.
Patrige said Bintang Range Police chief Yunus Wally was with the search and rescue team, comprising also soldiers and policemen.
The Trigana Air Service ATR 42-300 PK-YRN plane, carrying 54 passengers and crew was flying from Jayapura to Oksibil in Papua province when it was reported to have gone missing. It was to have landed in Oksibil at 3.15 pm.
The chief of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), Bambang Sulistyo, was quoted as saying that the search and rescue team had found debris of the aircraft and smoke billowing in the area. – BERNAMA