A body recovered by Indonesian authorities after a plane crashed at remote mountainous areas in eastern Indonesia, killing eight people. (Photo: AFP)

Jakarta (VNA)
– Indonesia authorities on August 12 announced that a plane carrying seven passengers and two crew members crashed at remote mountainous area in the eastern part of the country, killing eight people.

The only survivor is a 12-year-old boy passenger.

The Swiss-made Pilatus lost contact with the air traffic control station on August 11 while making a flight lasting 40 minutes in Papua province. After over 2 hours going on foot, rescue forces found the plane in a thick forest in Oksibil together with eight bodies on August 12 morning.

Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi, a spokesman of the Indonesian military, said the cause of the crash has not been determined and the country’s national traffic safety committee will launch an investigation into the incident.

Planes are the main means of transport of Indonesian people, shuttling among thousands of islands. However, poor safety is blamed as the main cause of many crashes in recent years.-VNA