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No one likely to have survived Indonesian plane crash

An official said that the passenger plane had been carrying 27 people including an infant and two children, adding that it was difficult to say if there were any survivors.

Indonesia has more than 17,000 islands
Indonesia has more than 17,000 islands
Image: via Google Satellite

A PASSENGER PLANE carrying 27 people crashed as it was about to land in bad weather in Indonesia’s eastern province of West Papua, killing at least 15 on Saturday.

The Indonesian transportation ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said the Chinese-made Xian MA60 twin-turboprop plane belonging to a state-owned airline went down just before landing in Kaimana:

Given the condition of the wreckage of the ill-fated plane, it is hard to say that there are any survivors.

The passengers included an infant and two children, Ervan said.

The flight originated in Sorong, another town in the province.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Antonius Wantri Julianto said 15 bodies had been found and rescuers were searching for other victims.

They were hampered by heavy rain.

Sampurno said the crash was believed to have been caused by bad weather which limited visibility.

The Kompas daily newspaper said the plane was one of four MA60s owned by Merpati Nusantara Airlines.

Indonesia – an archipelago nation with more than 17,000 islands and 235 million people – has been plagued by a string of transportation accidents in recent years, from plane and train crashes to ferry sinkings.

Overcrowding, aging infrastructure and poor safety standards are often to blame.

- AP

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