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No Survivors in Indonesia Plane Crash
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No Survivors in Indonesia Plane Crash

The bodies of all 54 people who were on board a plane that crashed in remote eastern Indonesia at the weekend were found Tuesday at the crash site, an official said.

Earlier, rescuers reached the site in Papua province where fated Trigana Air flight went down and found the aircraft “completely destroyed,” a search and rescue official said, AFP reported.

Officials initially announced they had identified 38 of the 54 bodies, then increased the death toll as rescuers discovered more remains in the dense forests of the mountainous area.

“There are no survivors. All fifty-four bodies have been found,” Transport Ministry spokesman J.A. Barata said.

“Everything was in pieces and part of the plane is burned. We could see burn marks on some pieces.”

Rescuers were also hunting for the plane’s flight data recorders, known as black boxes, which should shed light on what caused the accident.

The plane operated by Indonesian carrier Trigana Air lost contact Sunday as it flew in bad weather from Jayapura, the capital of Papua, to Oksibil, a remote settlement in the south.

The ATR 42-300 twin-turboprop aircraft was also carrying $470,000 in cash, which were social assistance funds intended for distribution to poor families.

 

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