An Indonesia air force plane carrying 13 people on board, Hercules C-130 has crashed in the remote regions of Papua to the east of the country. Reports confirmed that all the 13 people on board have been killed.
An official report said that there were three pilots and ten military personnel on board when the accident took place.
Agus Supriatna, the Air Force chief of staff said, “We suspect that bad weather could have been the cause of the airplane crash. An investigation team has been formed to look into it. It is a very sad incident for us and I express my deep condolences to all the family members of the deceased”.
The plane was reportedly carrying food supplies from Timika to Wamena and the accident took place when it reached mountainous region near to its landing destination, early on Sunday. The operational director of the Indonesia’s Search and Rescue agency Ivan Ahmad Riski Titus said that the bodies of the dead are being brought to Wamena.
The flight, which left Timika at 05.30 local time, was expected to reach the destination (Wamena) by 06.13. “We are not sure on whether the plane saw the runway. The climate condition at that time was unfavorable”, Hadiyan Sumintaatmadja, the deputy air force chief of staff said.
In a similar incident last year, a plane belonging to the same Indonesian air force crashed in the neighborhood areas killing 109 passengers and the crew on board.