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Police Find Wreckage of SAM Air Plane Crash in Papua Highlands

23 June 2023 23:53 WIB

TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Papua Regional Police announced that they have found the wreckage of the Cessna 208 aircraft belonging to Semuwa Aviasi Mandiri or SAM Air that lost contact in the Papua Highlands area. The plane was found crashed and destroyed.

“The plane crashed 12 kilometers from Elelim Airport towards Poik District, Walarek, Yalimo Regency,” Head of Papua Police Public Relations Sr. Comr. Ignatius Benny Ady Prabowo stated in a written statement, Friday, June 23, 2023.

Benny explained that the wreckage of the plane was found by a helicopter dispatched by the police from Wamena Airport to search for the whereabouts of the missing plane. According to him, the police are coordinating to evacuate the aircraft.

The plane belonging to SAM Air flew from Elelim Airport, Yalimo Regency, Papua Pegunungan Province on Friday, June 23, 2023, at 11:10 Eastern Indonesian Time (WIT). The plane was supposed to land in Poik District, but the aircraft was not seen until 12:20 WIT.

The plane was piloted by Hari Permadi and co-pilot Levi Murib. There were four passengers, namely Bartolomeus (34 years), Ebeth Halerohon (29), Dormina Halerohon (17), and Kilimputni (20).

Benny said the Yalimo Police are investigating the cause of the plane crash. Evacuation efforts are also underway.

M ROSSENO AJI

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