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Jakarta Post

Bodies of air crash victims evacuated to Ilaga

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 21 2009   /  02:17 pm

The bodies of the 10 victims of Friday's plane crash near Mimika were evacuated Monday from the crash site on the slope of Mt. Gergaji in Ilaga district, Puncak Jaya regency, by a joint search and rescue (SAR) team. The SAR team, comprised of members of the Mimika branch of the National SAR agency and PT Freeport Indonesia's Emergency Response Rescue, evacuated the 10 bodies to the district capital of Ilaga for identification. "A medical team and a team from the Papua provincial police are identifying the bodies before handing them over to their respective families," SAR team chairman and Mimika Air Base commander Lt. Col. Easter Hariyanto said. A Mimika Air aircraft crashed Friday into the slope of Mt. Gergaji Friday, some 13,000 feet above sea level, reportedly due to bad weather. The plane did not explode but was found upside down and with major damage to its front and ...