Susi Air passengers found safe after reported missing in Papua

Susi Air passengers found safe after reported missing in Papua

A tweet by Susi Pidjiastuti, the owner of Susi Air. ANTARA/Putu Indah Savitri

Jakarta (ANTARA) - All passengers aboard Dayle Peter Houzet-piloted Susi Air plane that met with an accident on the Timika-Duma route, Papua, at around 8:20 Eastern Indonesian Standard Time (WIT), were found safe.

"Update info: At 09:00, the captain pilot and all passengers are safe," Susi Pudjiastuti, the owner of PT ASI Pudjiastuti Aviation or Susi Air, tweeted on Thursday.

She uploaded the tweet after earlier sharing grim news regarding the Susi Air plane, with six passengers aboard, that crashed on the Timika-Duma route.

Furthermore, Pudjiastuti noted that the passengers and pilot had been successfully evacuated safely with the help of the Timika National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) team and the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI).

"Alhamdulillah (Thank Allah) and thank you for the help and alertness of the Timika Basarnas team and the TNI that have succeeded in evacuating the victims safely," the former minister of maritime affairs and fisheries stated.

On her Twitter account, Susi also uploaded several videos depicting the evacuation preparations by the joint SAR team.

Based on earlier reports, the Susi Air plane, with flight number PK-BVM, was reported to have lost contact on Thursday at around 8:20 WIT en route to Timika, Papua.

Mimika Police Chief Adjunt Senior Commissioner I Gede Putra stated on the basis of the received report that the plane, with pilot Dayle Peter, was carrying six passengers from Duma, Paniai Regency.

The Susi Air plane, which had lost contact, initially departed from Timika for Duma at 5:34 WIT and should have been scheduled to return to Timika at around 8:00 WIT.

The names of the passengers on the Susi Air plane on the flight to Timika are Merina Dimpau, Fickien Dimpau, Philipus Dimpau, Leo Dimpau, Seruwarkis Diabilu, and Lukas Dimbau.

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