The search teams despatched to look for the Trigana Air Service airliner that went missing on Sunday, August 16, claim to have found debris in Papua.
A Trigana Air Service turboprop, similar to the crashed one. Photo credits: EPA/BAGUS INDAHONO.
The wreckage was discovered by a search plane today. However, a ground team was unable to reach it, according to Raymond Konstantin, an official of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency. It was reported earlier that villagers in a province in east Papua had seen the plane crash into a mountain.
A second search plane was sent to verify the debris early today. The landscape where the search was focused on is quite dangerous to deal with – hence why the search operations were halted yesterday, specially because of adverse weather conditions.
54 people were onboard the aircraft: 44 adult passengers, 5 children, as well as 5 crew members, all of whom were Indonesian. This marks the third disaster in that region of the world in less than a year.
The destination of the flight was the town of Oksibil from where the ground team set out to confirm the debris.