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Jakarta Post

Survivor of Army chopper crash found after two weeks missing

  • Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 9, 2016   /  09:58 am
Survivor of Army chopper crash found after two weeks missing Emergency response: A joint team of personnel from Angkasa Pura, the Indonesian Military and the National Search and Rescue Agency evacuate people from a plane during a crash simulation exercise at Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport in Blang Bintang, Aceh Besar regency, Aceh, on Nov. 24. (Antara/Ampelsa)

The Indonesian Army announced on Thursday evening that it had located another survivor from a military helicopter crash in North Kalimantan, two weeks after he was declared missing.

Alhamdullilah [thank God], we have found one survivor from the Army helicopter that crashed in Malinau [regency] last month. His name is First Lt. Yohannes Syahputra,” Army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Sabrar Fadhillah told The Jakarta Post in a text message.

A Bell-412 EP helicopter carrying five Army personnel disappeared in Malinau on Nov. 24. It was last detected approximately 40 kilometers east of Long Bawan in Nunukan regency.

A search and rescue team found one survivor and the bodies of three victims after the incident. Yohannes, meanwhile, remained missing in the remote and mountainous area.

Sabrar said Yohannes had been found by villagers on Thursday in an area between Long Sulit and Long Berang village at 3:20 p.m. local time.

“The survivor was found with injuries to his hands, waist and legs. He was very weak, as he hadn’t eaten for several days,” he said.

The ill-fated helicopter, which departed from Juata Airport in the provincial capital of Tarakan, was en route to Yuvai Semaring Airport in Long Bawan, carrying 400 kilograms of supplies for a border security team. (hwa)

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