No fatalities reported in Papua`s plane accident

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - No fatalities have been reported following Enggang Aircrafts accident while landing at the Mulia Airstrip in the Papuan highlands of Puncak Jaya on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

"There are no fatalities. All the 10 passengers, pilot, and copilot are fine," chief of the Puncak Jaya district police Adj. Snr. Comr. Marcelis reported when contacted from the Papuan provincial capital Jayapura on Tuesday evening.

Marcelis said the plane overshot the runway while landing at the Mulia Airstrip in Puncak Jaya District at around 12.45 eastern Indonesian time.

"According to the pilot, the plane overshot the runway after being hit by strong winds, leaving its left front wheel and right wing broken," he said.

However, the pilot managed to control the plane, so that the accident claimed no lives, he noted.

The plane piloted by Jose (45) and copiloted by Sung Il Min (36) crash landed about 400 meters from the end of the landing strip.

All the 11 passengers and crew have been taken to the Mulia regional general hospital for medical examination.

Air crashes are common in Papua, which, along with neighboring West Papua Province, relies heavily on air transportation.(*)