Bodies of Hercules plane crash victims to be flown to Malang

Bodies of Hercules plane crash victims to be flown to Malang

Indonesian soldiers, police and civilians evacuate debris Hercules C-130HS registration number A-1334 which crashed in the area of ​​Mount Lisuwa, Kampung Maima, District Minimo, Jayawijaya, on Sunday (December 18th 2016). (ANTARA/Anyong)

They will be flown as soon as possible."
Malang (ANTARA News) - All bodies of the victims of  C-130HS Hercules registers numbered A-1334 which crashed in Wamena, Papua, at 6.09 am local time on Sunday will be flown to Malang, East Java.

Abdul Rahman Saleh Airbase in Malang Spokesman Major Hamdi Londong Allo said when contacted from Malang on Sunday that the bodies of the 12 victims of the airplane accident will be taken to Malang.

"They will be flown as soon as possible," Hamdi Londong said.

He said that the bodies of the victims were now laid in one place in order to make it easier for the evacuation process.

"If there are members of the victims relatives or families who want the victims to be buried in their hometowns, we will return them to their families or relatives and buried them in a military ceremony," Hamdi Londong said.

It was reported earlier that Indonesian aircraft C-130HS Hercules registers numbered A-1334 crashed in Jayawijaya, Papua, Sunday morning.

The spokesman of the Regional XVII/Cenderawasih Military Command, Colonel Teguh PR confirmed the incident saying "at around 8am East Indonesia Time we received information from the Air Force base in Wamena that at around 06.09 it lost contact with Hercules A-1334 Navex 32 belonging to the Air Force while on a flight from Timika to Wamena with Major Marlon as its pilot."

The plane carrying 12 people on board is believed to have lost contact while at around Mount Lisuwa in the Maima village, Minimo, Jayawijaya.

"According to the information there were 12 people on board," he said.

However, the Abdu Saleh official said there were 13 dead victims in the incident.

Antara learned the plane that carried food and other material supplies left Timika at 05.35am on Sunday and was expected to arrive in Wamena at 06.13am.

The plane last contacted Wamena airport at 06.02am and at 06.08 am it could be seen from the airports tower about to land before vanishing a minute later.

At 08.40 am or two hours later the location of the crashed had been found by 30 personnel of the 1702/Jayawijaya military region led by Captain Irvan in Mount Lisuwa, Jayawijaya.

Search and rescue team including personnel from the military and the police are still trying to evacuate the crew of the aircraft.
(Uu.A014)

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