JAKARTA: An Indonesian search team on Tuesday found the wreckage of a cargo plane along with the bodies of four crewmembers in a mountainous part of the country, a government official said.
The Caribou plane lost contact Monday with air traffic control during what was supposed to be a short flight in the remote eastern province of Papua, prompting a search and rescue mission in the rugged area.
“The aircraft was destroyed,” transport ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan told AFP, adding the bodies had been removed from the crash site.
Indonesia has a poor aviation safety record and Papua is a particularly problematic place to fly due to its mountainous terrain and frequent poor weather.
The Caribou set off from the city of Timika on Monday morning and was headed to Ilaga.