Search efforts for missing aircraft in Papua continued on Thursday

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - Search and rescue efforts were continued on Thursday morning to find the Twin Otter aircraft, with 1.6 tons of the State Logistics Agency's (Bulog's) rice onboard, which had gone missing on Wednesday morning.

Soon after the local aviation authorities gave confirmation of the disappearance of this ill-fated aircraft, bearing registration number PK-CDC RTB, the local SAR Agency began its search operation.

Head of the Timika SAR Agency Monce Brury stated on Wednesday evening that foggy weather had hindered the efforts of the SAR team members, aboard a Twin Otter aircraft, with registration number PK CDJ, to trace the missing airplane.

Brury remarked that the last coordinate of this missing aircraft was detected some 55.56 kilometers away from Timika, the capital city of Mimika District, while its last contact was reported at coordinates 04 degrees 1'48.32"S/137 and 24'24.50"E.

He noted that the search operation will be continued on Thursday morning.

This Twin Otter aircraft disappeared after taking off from the Moses Kilangain Airport in Timika, Mimika District, en route to Ilaga, the capital city of Puncak District in Papua Province.

Ambar Suryoko, head of the Moses Kilangain Airport in Timika, stated that the chartered aircraft belonged to PT Carpediem.

Source: ANTARA News

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