21 Nov 2006

Wreckage of Papua plane accident located

11:13 am on 21 November 2006

The wreckage of an aircraft reported missing with 12 people on board in Indonesia's Papua province has been spotted from the air with no immediate sign of survivors.

But the Jakarta Post reports that bad weather around the wreckage of the Trigana Air Service twin otter in Puncak Jaya regency has forced the search and rescue team to call off the evacuation process.

The flight lost contact seven minutes before it was scheduled to land in Ilaga on Friday morning

The wreckage was finally spotted yesterday by a helicopter, over 18,000 feet above sea level.

The plane appeared to have hit a cliff, and the helicopter's pilots say that the extent of the wreckage indicates little possibility of survivors.

Rescuers have estimated a seven to eight hour walk to reach the wreckage.

This is the fourth such airline accident this year in Papua where the topography and weather conditions can make air travel hazardous.