No Survivors of Merpati Plane Crash: Official

JAKARTA

A plane with around 25 passengers and crew crashed into the sea during a downpour off Papua on Saturday, killing everyone on board, a navy officer told local radio.

“I can confirm that all the passengers were killed when the plane exploded as it crashed into the sea,” a navy officer involved in the search told ElShinta radio.

“The aircraft was smashed to pieces… We found 15 bodies floating on the water and the other passengers are trapped inside the wreckage.”

A Transport Ministry spokesman earlier said there were 27 people on board — 21 passengers and six crew — the Merpati Nusantara airlines MA-60 aircraft.

The twin turbo-prop plane took off from Sorong city in West Papua province for Kaimana district about, 400 kilometres to the south, he said.

Crash: A file photograph of a Merpati MA-60 aircraft.

The navy official Gunawan said about 10 navy divers had tried to locate other passengers inside the wreckage, located at about six kilometres deep.

“We had difficulties locating them due to strong currents and limited equipment,” he said adding that the accident took place about 400 metres from the coastline.

Heavy rains poured down when the accident happened around midday, he said.

The airline officials were unable to give comments over the chronology of the accident or an official number of passengers.

The country relies heavily on air transport and has one of Asia’s worst air safety records.

In 2007, a now-defunct Adam Air plane with 102 passengers and crew crashed in deep water off the coast of Sulawesi, with no survivors. No bodies were recovered and only fragments of the aircraft were washed up.

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7 Responses to “No Survivors of Merpati Plane Crash: Official”

  1. John Says:

    Let’s change that to “one of the *world’s* worst air safety records!

  2. Johan Samsom Says:

    Being a resident of Denmark, Europe, I enjoy spending my vacations in Indonesia. I am on the brink of travelling to your beautiful country once again in some weeks and several domestic flights have been booked already.
    What we, in Western Europe cannot understand, is the level of, or rather “LACK OF” governement demands to flight safety and security in Indonesia. How can a country accept these adominable standards and just sit and watch planes crash, killing Indonesian citizens as well as visitors from abroad? Is anything being done at all?

  3. Susi Says:

    This plane that crashed in march was brand new so imagine the false sense of security those poor ill fated passengers may have felt on boarding a new plane in a remote area of Indonesia. The crash had to be the result of human error. What sort of training is given to pilots? That combined with the usually very old fleet of aircraft is a major issue.

  4. monyet Says:

    monkeys should not fly planes!

  5. Dr. Rakesh Ranjan Says:

    Being a frequent visitor to Indonesia; the most worrying thing is to fly on Indonesian Operated Flight Service.

    Even if I refrain from giving example of western nations or the smart city states like Singapore. Then Indonesia has a lot to learn from India. The Indian standards of passenger services, flight safety, and training of pilots, in-flight staff and ground staff are exemplary.Contrary to this my experience in Indonesia has been frightening. Indonesia should learn flight safety from its friend India.

  6. Chris Says:

    Dr India, not all Indonesian airlines are so bad, India’s low cost airline has had many incidents are very poor. Instead of bashing our airlines, try educating Indians on hygiene, your country is one big rubbish tip. Hey I’ve finished drinking my drink, where shall I put it? The floor!

  7. Raju Says:

    Hahaha…its funny watching indonian and indian bashing each other. Get real! Both are pathetic, one way or another.

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