Rescuers reach downed Papua plane and find all bodies

ALEX HEINKE reports.

A plane that went down in eastern Indonesia two days ago was “completely destroyed” and the bodies of all 54 passengers have been found after rescuers finally reached the remote crash site.

Search and rescue chief Bambang Soelistyo said there was little chance of finding survivors in the heavily forested and mountainous location in Papua province where the Trigana Air plane went down in bad weather during a short flight on Sunday.


“The plane has crashed, it is completely destroyed,” Mr Soelistyo said of the ATR 42-300 after rescue teams reached the site.

“Everything was in pieces and part of the plane is burnt. We could see burn marks on some pieces.”

The plane was carrying 54 people, 49 passengers and five crew.

It was reported the plane crashed into a mountain side and was originally found by local villagers in a remote section of Papua unreachable by rescue personnel.