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Two die in Papua plane crash

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Wed, April 9, 2014   /  05:42 pm

A US-manufactured Kodiak plane carrying seven people crashed on take-off at the airport, known locally as Advent airport, in Doyo, Sentani, in Jayapura regency, Papua, on Wednesday morning.

US pilot Robert Franklin, 63, and a male passenger identified as Danis Kobak, 34, died in the crash. The plane, being used for missionary work, was scheduled to fly to Ninia in Yahukimo regency.

"As the plane was trying to take off it had difficulty getting airborne and its left wing hit a bridge at the end of the runway. The plane crashed; its front part was engulfed in flames and its right wing was detached from the fuselage," Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Sondang Siagian said.

Aside from the death of the pilot and passenger, two other passengers were seriously injured and another three suffered minor injuries.

"The five passengers are being treated at RSUD [Regional Hospital] Yowari," Transportation Ministry acting spokesman Bambang S. Ervan told The Jakarta Post in a text message.

The injured passengers were identified as Janes Pahabol, 32; Ali Kobak, 41; Darius, 30, MIsen Kobak, 28, and Neman Talingga (age unknown).

Two motorcyclists, identified as Lia Manuari and Ida Marweri, who were passing the scene at the time of the incident were also injured.

Bambang said the plane belonged to Adventist Aviation Indonesia and had been granted an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) 91, as it was being used for individual transportation. (nfo)

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