Parts of the wreckage of an Indonesia-made helicopter that crashed in Temanggung on July 2 (Photo: AFP/VNA)
 

Hanoi (VNA) – Indonesia’s national search and rescue office on July 6 confirmed all five people on board of a small plane that crashed in the eastern province of Papua a day earlier were dead.

The victims included one pilot, one co-pilot and three passengers.

Dozens of rescuers from the local search and rescue office and volunteers were deployed to the search.

The plane, Pilatus Porter PC-6, went missing in the morning of June 5 when it was en route from Wamena town to Derakma, Papua province.

[Plane carrying five people crashes in eastern Indonesia]

The plane wreckage was spotted in a mountainous area about 15km from Wamena airport on late the same day.

The plane was operated by Associated Mission Aviation, a private firm launching flights in the area which heavily relies on air transport.

Flying is the only practical way of accessing many areas in the mountainous and jungle-clad easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua, but flight security remained poor.

A number of flight accidents have occurred in the Southeast Asia country in recent years. Previously, in August 2015, a passenger plane of Trigana airlines also crashed in Papua province due to bad weather, claiming lives of all 54 people on board. -VNA