Monday 17 Aug 2015
UPDATE 17 Aug 2015: Indonesia Plane Crash News Update: All 54 On Board Dead; Search Resumes for Trigana Air
Search and rescue operations resumed on Monday for the Indonesian plane that crashed on a remote and mountainous area of Papua province in Indonesia.
Officials said the wreckage was spotted about 7 miles from Oksibil, and Henry Bambang Soelistyo, the chief of the National Search and Rescue Agency, said search and rescue teams were preparing to try to reach the crash site by air and foot.
“Smoke was still billowing from the wreckage when it was spotted by a plane search,” said Soelistyo who is leading the rescue operation from Sentani Airport in Jayapura, adding that bad weather and rugged terrain were hampering efforts to reach the wreckage located in a mountainous area at an altitude of about 8,500 feet.
He said elite forces from the Air Force and Army will build a helipad for evacuation purposes near the crash site.
Search planes went into the air early Monday after residents of a village not far from Oksibil told local police that they saw a plane flying low before crashing into a mountain, said Ludiyanto, who heads the search and rescue operation from Jayapura. Ludiyanto, like many Indonesians goes by one name.
Local media reports said all the passengers are Indonesians. The airline has not released a passenger manifest.
Oksibil, which is 175 miles south of Jayapura, was experiencing heavy rain, strong winds and fog when the plane lost contact with the airport minutes before it was scheduled to land.
Much of Papua is covered with impenetrable jungles and mountains. Some planes that have crashed in the past have never been found.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said in a statement ahead of Indonesia’s 70th independence anniversary ceremony that he was calling “for a moment of silence and pray for the crew and passengers ahead of our independence anniversary.”
All 54 on board the Trigana Air Service plane are feared to be dead. The search was called off Sunday because of bad weather.
The ATR 42-300 turboprop plane went missing Sunday and its wreckage has been found in the Oktabe district of Papua, CNN reports citing Indonesia’s Air Transportation Director General Suprasetyo.
Suprasetyo added villagers reported seeing the plane crashed into a mountain.
According to the official National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Twitter account, the aircraft was carrying 44 adult passengers, five crew, and five children and infants.
The flight took off from Sentani Airport in Jayapura, the capital of Papua province, at about 2:22 p.m. and was due to land in Oksibil at about 3:16 p.m. Officials said the plane lost contact with air traffic control at about 2:55 p.m.
CNN quoted Transportation Ministry spokesman J.A. Barata saying there was no indication that a distress call was made from the plane.
According to Reuters, Trigana Air has been banned to operate in European airspace since 2007. The European Commission banned carriers due to either safety standards concerns or insufficient supervision by the regulatory authorities in their country.
The Trigana Air crash is the latest in a string of aviation disasters in Southeast Asia.
AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crashed in the Java Sea on Dec. 28, 2014 while en route to Singapore from Surabaya, Indonesia. The plane was carrying 162 people on board.
In February, an ATR 72-600 aircraft of TransAsia Airways Corp. crashed into a river near Taipei, Taiwan soon after it took off. In July last year, another ATR plane belonging to the same airline went down, Reuters added.
Sunday 16 Aug 2015
UPDATE 16 Aug 2015: Plane with 54 on board crashes in remote Indonesian region
An aircraft with 54 people on board crashed in Indonesia’s remote and mountainous region of Papua on Sunday, a government official said, the latest in a string of aviation disasters in the Southeast Asian nation.
“The latest information is that the Trigana aircraft that lost contact has been found at Camp 3, Ok Bape district in the Bintang Mountains regency,” Air Transportation Director General Suprasetyo told reporters. “Residents provided information that the aircraft crashed into Tangok mountain.”
There was no immediate word on whether anyone survived.
Earlier, the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) said a twin-turboprop plane had lost contact with air traffic control as it flew over the forested area of eastern Indonesia but efforts to trace it were difficult because of failing light.
Trigana Air Operations Director Beni Sumaryanto said that within 30 minutes of hearing that the aircraft was missing, the airline sent another plane to scour the same flight path but it had found nothing because of bad weather, local media reported.
According to the official BASARNAS Twitter account, the aircraft, a short-haul ATR 42-300 airliner belonging to Trigana Air Service and built in France and Italy, was carrying 44 adult passengers, five crew and five children and infants.
The plane was flying between Jayapura’s Sentani Airport and Oksibil, due south of Jayapura, the capital of Papua province.
Air transport is commonly used in Papua, Indonesia’s easternmost province, where land travel is often impossible.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, an online database, the ATR 42-300 that went missing made its first flight 27 years ago. ATR is a joint venture between Airbus (AIR.PA) and Alenia Aermacchi, a subsidiary of Italian aerospace firm Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI).
The airline has been on the EU’s list of banned carriers since 2007. Airlines on the list are barred from operating in European airspace due to either concerns about safety standards or the regulatory environment in their country of registration.
The airline has a fleet of 14 aircraft, according to the airfleets.com database. These include 10 ATR aircraft and four Boeing 737 Classics. These have an average age of 26.6 years, according to the database.
Trigana has had 14 serious incidents since it began operations in 1991, according to the Aviation Safety Network. Excluding this latest incident, it has written off 10 aircraft.
Airline officials were not immediately available to respond to enquiries from Reuters.
Indonesia has a patchy aviation safety record and has seen two major plane crashes in the past year, including an AirAsia flight that went down in the Java Sea, killing all on board.
The AirAsia crash prompted the Indonesian government to introduce regulations aimed at improving safety.
Indonesia’s president promised a review of the ageing air force fleet in July after a military transport plane crashed in the north of the country, killing more than 100 people.
UPDATE 16 Aug 2015: Indonesian plane crashed into mountain, says official citing locals
The wreckage of an Indonesian plane carrying 54 people has been found in the remote western Papua region, officials say.
The Trigana Air Flight TGN267 lost contact with ground control at 14:55 local time (05:55 GMT) as it flew from the capital Jayapura to the town of Oksibil.
A transport official said the aircraft had been found in the Bintang highlands region, not far from its intended landing site at Oksibil airport.
It is not yet known if anyone survived.
The wreckage was discovered by villagers, who then alerted officials.
“Residents provided information that the aircraft crashed into Tangok mountain,” said the Indonesia’s director-general of air transportation, Suprasetyo.
The ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane was carrying 44 adult passengers, five children and infants, and five crew.
It took off from Sentani airport in Jayapura at 14:21, but lost contact with air traffic controllers half an hour later. An official search was suspended due to poor light.
Oksibil, which is about 280km (175 miles) south of Jayapura, is a remote, mountainous region, which is extremely difficult to navigate. Bad weather is believed to have been a possible reason for the crash.
A second plane, which had been sent to look for the missing one, was forced to turn back because of dangerous flying conditions.
It has been on a European Union blacklist of banned carriers since 2007. All but four of Indonesia’s certified airlines are on the list.
Indonesia has suffered two major air disasters in the past year.
Last December an AirAsia plane crashed in the Java Sea, killing all 192 people on board – and in July a military transport plane crashed in a residential area of Medan, Sumatra claiming 140 lives.
Sunday 16 August 2015
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JUST IN – 16 Aug 2015: Indonesian aircraft loses contact in Papua remote region
Indonesia’s state search and rescue agency has reported that it has lost contact with an Indonesian aircraft.
In a tweet posted on Sunday, Bandan SAR Nasional or National Agency Search and Rescue said the ATR 42 Turbo prop craft of Trigana Air, Flight TGN267 had 54 passengers on board. The passengers include 44 adults, two children, three toddlers and five crew members.[tweet https://twitter.com/SAR_NASIONAL/status/632832608750071808] [tweet https://twitter.com/SAR_NASIONAL/status/632834751968112640]
According to the tweet, the aircraft lost contact while flying over the remote eastern Papua region at 2:55pm local time.
Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen, reporting from Jakarta, said the plane was scheduled to land at a small airport in Oksibil at around 3pm local time (06:00 GMT).
Oksibil is a remote town near the country’s border with Papua New Guinea.
She said reports indicated that “the weather was very bad” in Papua at the time the plane was in the air.
The search operation has been suspended as night fell in the region and will resume on Monday morning, Vaessen said.
The government said it is coordinating with other authorities to implement the search operation.
An AirAsia passenger jet crashed en route from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore last December, killing all 162 people on board.
The crash prompted the government to introduce regulations aimed at improving safety.
Indonesia’s president promised a review of the ageing air force fleet in July after a military transport plane crashed in the north of the country, killing 130 people, including 110 passengers and 13 crew members.