Airplane Crash in Indonesia; 54 People Aboard
I n ATR42-300 turboprop aircraft which operated as flight 257 by Trigana Air Service — which was carrying 44 adult passengers, five children and five members of the flight crew — reportedly crashed in the forested mountainous terrain in Indonesia earlier today.
Search and rescue teams originally suspended their initial efforts at nightfall due to weather and low light; but have reportedly resumed their mission on Monday morning. Six aircraft were deployed to assist with search and rescue efforts. Initially official considered missing, wreckage of the aircraft was reportedly found in the Oktabe district of Papua province. Details are still being verified, according to this article with video posted at the official Internet web site of CNN.
Weather conditions were reportedly clear when the airplane took off from Sentani Airport in Jayapura at 2:22 in the afternoon on Sunday, August 16, 2015 for a short domestic flight to Oksibil. The airplane lost contact with air traffic control in Papua province approximately 33 minutes later that day.
This story is still developing; but in the meantime — as there is no word yet on the fate of the occupants of the aircraft, according to this article written by Alfian Kartono of the Associated Press — my thoughts and prayers are with them; as well as their family and friends.
I hope that all have survived…