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Plane crashes in Papua after avoiding runway jaywalker

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 24 2011   /  08:00 am

A poorly managed runway in the Bintang Mountains in West Papua, took its toll on Wednesday morning as a Twin Otter airplane operated by Susi Air crashed onto a mountain slope after it attempted to avoid a local resident passing the runway.

The accident killed copilot Albert Citores Gallego of Spain. Pilot Jessie Becker, a New Zealand national, survived and was in critical condition at a Timika hospital.

“Both were alive when we evacuated them. Albert died on the way to the hospital,” National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) spokesperson Gagah Prakoso said, adding that the agency had evacuated the aircraft, found dozens of miles from the Supaga airport.

Susi Air spokesperson Capt. Androyogi said the airplane, which carried food cargo and gasoline from Nabire, was in good condition and the pilots were among the most experienced in the company. There was a perso...