Wreckage from Indonesian aircraft found

Wreckage from missing Trigana aircraft found in Indonesia's eastern Papua Province on Sunday

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

National Search And Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) during search operation for missing Trigana Air Service flight

A Trigana Air plane that went missing with 54 people on board on Sunday has been spotted by a search plane in a mountainous area at an altitude of 2,600 meters, officials reported.

There was still smoke blowing from the wreckage of the Indonesian plane that was found in eastern Papua Province, rescue officials reported on Monday.

No survivors are reported from the flight that was carrying 49 passengers, all Indonesians, including five children and five crew members.

Among the passengers, there were five local government officials and members of the local parliament who were headed to Oksibil to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Indonesia’s independence.

The plane departed from Jayapura in the direction of the Papua City of Oksibil, then lost contact its destination's airport.

The wreckage was reported by villagers in Indonesia's remote and mountainous eastern Papua Region.  Directions from the villagers showing where they saw a plane flying low before crashing into a mountain led the investigation team to the crash site.

Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata said there was no indication that the pilot had made a distress call.

The wreckage was spotted 12 kilometers from the destination of the flight. Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata said that the pilot most likely did not make a distress call.

According to the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) the aircraft was an ATR 42-300.

The plane lost contact with air traffic control minutes before the crash, when there was heavy rain, fog and strong winds.

TRTWorld and agencies