Boy only survivor of Indonesia Pilatus plane crash

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Boy only survivor of Indonesia Pilatus plane crash

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A light aircraft carrying nine people has gone missing in Indonesia's eastern-most province of Papua. The province's local police chief says a search is underway for the two pilots and seven passengers including a child travelling on the plane. Villagers have reported hearing loud sounds and an explosion at a suspected crash site.

The Swiss-made Pilatus PC-6 Porter plane has gone missing in Indonesia.Source:Supplied

A 12-year-old boy is the sole survivor from the crash of a light commercial plane in a mountain ous region of IndonesiaĆ¢€™s easternmost province of Papua. Two pilots and six other passengers died in the crash.

The Swiss-made Pilatus PC-6 Porter single-engine plane operated by Dimonin Air was reported missing yesterday during a 45-minute flight from Tanah Merah in Boven Digul district to Oksibil, the district capital of Pegunungan Bintang, bordering Papua New Guinea.

The Swiss-made Pilatus PC-6 Porter plane has gone missing in Indonesia.

The Swiss-made Pilatus PC-6 Porter plane has gone missing in Indonesia.Source:Supplied

The local army chief said the plane was found after crashing near the airport of Oksibil.

Colonel Jonathan Binsar Sianipar said the boy, identified only as Jumaidi, was the only passenger found alive and was evacuated to the Oksibil hospital.

A statement from the army said the boy was conscious but gave no other details.

The pla ne lost contact after communicating with the control tower in Oksibil just before it was due to land on Saturday afternoon, said local police chief Lt. Col. Michael Mumbunan.

The cause of the crash was not clear.

Chief Mumbunan said the plane had two pilots and seven passengers aboard.

Villagers reported hearing loud sounds and an explosion.

Airplanes are the only practical way of accessing many areas in the mountainous and jungle-clad easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua. Indonesia, the worldĆ¢€™s largest archipelago nation, with more than 260 million people, has been plagued by transportation accidents on land, sea and air because of overcrowding on ferries, ageing infrastructure and poorly enforced safety standards.

Source: Google News Indonesia | Netizen 24 Indonesia

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