On September 15, 2021, a rescue helicopter in a mountain near Intanjaya, Papua, Indonesia, reveals the remains of a small Limbun Air freighter. (Basarnas via AP)
Jakarta, Indonesia — A small cargo plane crashed in a rugged mountain forest in Papua, Indonesia’s easternmost province, on Wednesday, killing all three on board, officials said.
Timika rescue agency chief George Leo Mercy Randan said the rescuer had arrived at the crash site of the Limbun plane and confirmed that all three crew members had died.
He said bad weather and steep terrain hindered the recovery of the victims.
According to the Ministry of Transport, contact with 300 Twin Otter aircraft was lost about 50 minutes after takeoff. I was heading from the Nabre area to the Intanjaya area with construction materials.
According to Randan, the weather conditions were fine when the plane took off, but the crash was cloudy.
An aerial search found a plane crashed in Intanjaya. At least 10 police officers from search agencies, Indonesian troops, and national police trekked to the scene.
Indonesia, a vast archipelago with a population of about 270 million, has been plagued by transportation accidents such as plane crashes and the sinking of ferries in recent years.