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Engine failure may have caused Riau airplane crash

  • Haeril Halim, Fadli and Djemi Amnifu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Batam/Kupang   /   Mon, December 5 2016   /  08:37 am
Doomed flight: Police personnel carry a body bag containing debris and belongings recovered from an aircraft carrying 13 police personnel that went missing on Saturday in Batam, Riau Islands.(Antara/Reuters/MN Kanwa)

Doomed flight: Police personnel carry a body bag containing debris and belongings recovered from an aircraft carrying 13 police personnel that went missing on Saturday in Batam, Riau Islands.(Antara/Reuters/MN Kanwa)While the National Police have claimed they are still investigating the recent crash of a Skytruck M28 plane, which was carrying 13 people, initial evidence has indicated that engine failure could have causedthe explosion of the police-owned aircraft.

The aircraft, which was flying from Pondok Cabe air base in South Tangerang to Hang Nadim Airport in Batam, reportedly crashed in waters near Lingga regency, Riau, on Saturday, after making a stop at Pangkal Pinang Airport in Bangka.

“Before the airplane went down, local people heard a loud explosion in the air. They found debris like airplane parts and several human body parts in the area,” Tanjungpinang Navy ...