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Indonesian plane crash: All 54 on board killed

JAKARTA: There are no survivors in the crash of the Indonesian plane that went missing on a dmestic flight with 54 people aboard on Sunday, said rescue officials who reached the spot on Tuesday. The debris was found by villagers in province Papua late on Sunday evening.

The plane was also carrying about 6.5 billion rupiah ($486,000; £300,000) in cash to be distributed to poor families in the area. There is no info about the money.

The plane was gutted and all the bodies have been recovered. Bad weather is believed to have caused the crash. The rescue teams travelled through mountainous jungles overnight t reach the spot.

The ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane lost contact 33 minutes after taking off on the 42 -minute flight, the transport ministry said in a statement. No distress call was detected. The aircraft was operated by Trigana Air Service.

The plane was flying from Sentani airport in Jayapura to 280 km away Oksibil, the capital of Papua province.

Aviation Safety Network said Trigana Air has had 14 accidents since it began operations in 1991. It is not a certified carrier globally.

An AirAsia jet crashed flying from Surabaya to Singapore last December. All 162 people on board were killed. The crash had prompted the government to introduce regulations aimed at improving safety.

August 18, 2015

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