Authorities have recovered body parts and debris in waters where an Indonesian plane carrying police went missing, officials said on Sunday, fearing the fate of the flight’s passengers and crew.
The M28 Skytruck plane carrying 13 people lost contact with air traffic control yesterday during a flight from Pangkal Pinang, Bangka Belitung province to Batam in the Riau Islands province in western Indonesia.
Airplane seats and suitcases along with body parts were recovered by fishermen off Riau Islands Saturday afternoon rescue officials told.
“We sent three body bags last night, the body parts were not intact... they are now in the Bhayangkara hospital in Batam,” said Bambang Soelistyo, the head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency.
He added that search and rescue efforts would continue for another week.
Indonesia has a poor aviation safety record and has experienced several air disasters recently.
But Indonesia’s police insisted today that the plane was in good condition and the pilot was experienced.
It was carrying five crew and eight passengers.
Last week, an Indonesian army helicopter crashed on
Borneo island leaving three crew dead, while in November a cargo plane crashed in Papua region killing four.