Search and rescue crews have
recovered bodies from the wreckage of a Trigana
Air Service de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter that crashed into a mountain in Indonesia’s West Papua province.
The Twin Otter, registered PK-YPY,
was on a charter flight on 17 November from Mulia to Ilaga
in West Papua but “at around 08:30 local time” the aircraft crashed into a
mountain about “6-7min” before it was due to land at Ilaga, says an official in the airline’s Jakarta
headquarters who wishes to remain anonymous.
None of the nine passengers and
three crew on board survived, says the official, adding that the passengers
were officials from one of Indonesia’s regencies.
“This morning I got a report from
our manager in Papua that the bodies have been recovered and sent for
identification,” says the official, who confirms Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety
Commission is investigating.
It took some time for rescue teams
to reach the wreckage because it was on the side of mountain which meant they needed
to come in by helicopter.
But “they had a problem finding a
good place to make a helipad and they had to prepare and come in equipped with
oxygen because [the crash site] is more than 10,000ft about sea level”, says
Reports suggest weather conditions
were good at the time of the crash but often such reports can be misleading
because at high-altitude mountain
areas there can still be covered by cloud, says the official.
Trigana Air Service mostly operates ATR
turboprops but according to ATI’s sister
product ACAS the carrier also had
three Twin Otters in service. Aircraft Guarantee Trust owns PK-YPY and it was
built in 1977, says ACAS.
In Indonesia a regency is a subdivision of a province.