Plane wreckage found in Indonesia: airline

Wreckage from a plane that went missing over Indonesia's rugged Papua region with 16 people on board was found Tuesday in dense jungle, an airline executive said.

Map of Papua province in Indonesia. Wreckage from the plane was found in dense jungle of Papua .

Search and rescue teams are trying to land in the area by helicopter but there is little hope any passengers or crew, all Indonesians, will be found alive.

The Merpati Nusantara Airlines plane crashed into a mountain range Sunday as it flew from Jayapura to Oksibil.

"The tail of the plane was spotted at 6:00 am (2100 GMT)," Merpati chief director Bambang Bhakti said.

An airborne search team saw the wreckage near Ampisibil village in Bintang Mountains Regency, at a height of 2,850 metres (9,300 feet), he added.

The site of the crash is about 37 kilometres (23 miles) south of Oksibil.

Indonesia relies heavily on air links across the archipelago but its safety record is one of the worst in Asia and accidents are common.

Source: AFP

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