Indonesia: Fuselage found from crashed plane

Plane lost contact with control tower Saturday with 13 people on board

Indonesia: Fuselage found from crashed plane

World Bulletin / News Desk

Search and rescue teams have recovered a large part of fuselage from a plane that crashed in waters east of Sumatra on Saturday with 13 policeman on board.

Riau Islands police spokesman Adjunct Senior Commissioner Erlangga told Anadolu Agency on Monday that two ships would be deployed to evacuate the wreckage today.

"We will lift the tail of the aircraft from the water this morning," Erlangga said.

The Head of the country's Search and Rescue Agency, Bambang Soelistyo, said that the site of the crash had been detected after oil was seen on the surface

Police have revised the number of people on board from 15 to 13, saying that that three passengers had earlier disembarked from the flight.

Body parts were retrieved from the area yesterday, and no one is thought to have survived.

The plane lost contact with the airline around halfway through its voyage from Bangka to Batam.

At least 15 ships were involved in the search.

Indonesia has a poor aviation safety record and has suffered major disasters over the past year, many of them involving air force aircraft.

In July, three people were killed and three others injured when a military helicopter crashed in the island of Java, damaging two houses near the city of Yogyakarta.

In February, four people died when a military plane crashed into a house in East Java province.

The following month, a military helicopter went down during an operation in troubled Poso town in Sulawesi Island, killing 13 personnel.

 

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