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12 feared dead in Indonesia plane crash

A small passenger plane has crashed in Indonesia's eastern province of Papua and all 12 on board are feared dead.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2006 13:48 IST
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A small twin-engine passenger plane has crashed in Indonesia's remote eastern province of Papua and all 12 on board are feared dead, Papua police spokesman Kartono Wangsadisastra said on Saturday.

Speaking by phone from the provincial capital of Jayapura, 4,000 kmeast of Jakarta, Wangsadisastra said the Twin Otter plane went missing on Friday morning and its wreckage was spotted from the air in a hard-to-reach area on Saturday.

"It seems it struck a mountain because of smog or (bad) weather," he said.

The Jakarta Post newspaper said the plane had been chartered by a local government body to transport officials.

"Hopefully there are some still alive" among the nine passengers and three crew on board", but "seeing the conditions it's probably impossible", said Wangsadisastra.

Evacuation operations would begin as soon as weather permitted, he said.

First Published: Nov 18, 2006 11:35 IST