A Trigana Air Services ATR-42 apparently crashed into a remote mountainous area in the Papua region of eastern Indonesia. The plane was missing for hours, but according to Indonesian authorities thanks to villagers it has now been found.
Authorities confirmed later that none of the 54 people on board – including five crew – survived the impact. Getting there is complicated, since the area reportedly can only be reached on foot or by helicopter. The plane was approaching Oksibil Airport, which is surrounded by steep hills making any landing somewhat of a challenge. The plane took off earlier from Jayapura Airport.
Trigana Air Services has been blacklisted by the European Union since 2007 for a lack of safety and safety quality implementation.
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Featured image: A Trigana Air Service ATR-42 at Labuan Bajo’s Komodo Airport, operating as a TransNusa flight in 2008 (Image (CC) YSSYguy)