Indonesia Plane Crash: Remains Of 54 Dead Found In Papua

Channels Television  
Updated August 18, 2015

papuaIndonesian rescue officials have recovered the remains of 54 people who died on board a Trigana Air plane that crashed in the Papua region on Sunday.

Head of Indonesia’s Search and Rescue Agency, Bambang Soelistyo, told reporters that “The plane was totally destroyed and all the bodies were burned and difficult to identify.”

The black box flight data recorder was also found.

The plane came down on Sunday in dense forest in a mountainous area, close to its destination of Oksibil.

It was carrying 44 adult passengers, five children, and five crew members; all believed to be Indonesian.

The plane was also said to have been carrying about 6.5 billion rupiah- that’s about $486,000; in cash.

The money was meant to be distributed to poor families in the area. Officials have not said whether this has been located.

Bad weather is believed to have been a possible reason for the crash. A search plane was forced to turn back on Sunday because of dangerous flying conditions.