Indonesian rescuers are now
recovering bodies and wreckage from the Sabang Merauke Raya Air Charter
(SMAC)-operated Britten Norman
BN-2B Islander that crashed in East Kalimantan on 16 July.
All eight passengers and
two crew are dead and investigators are now trying to discover the cause of the
crash, says Directorate General of Air Communication operations and maintenance
standards head Captain Oscar Sukandar speaking from Jakarta.
Hopes for survivors
were raised on 17 July when intermittent signals were picked up from the
aircraft’s emergency locator transmitter, suggesting somebody was trying to
conserve the unit’s batteries.
Rescuers found the dead
inside the aircraft, which lies on a mountainside about 5,400ft (1,646m) above
sea level, 8km (4.3nm) east of the airport.
Just before the crash,
the pilot told controllers at Long Barai’s airport that he had the runway in
sight. Investigators are still gathering weather reports to determine if it
played a role in the crash. Low cloud may have forced the pilot to go around to
line up a visual approach, thinks Oscar, as the remote airport is not equipped
to support instrument landings.