The plane was flying from Jayapura to Oksibil and lost contact with the traffic control center half an hour after the liftoff. The plane flew…
It is reported that there were 54 passengers on board.
The plane was flying from Jayapura to Oksibil and lost contact with the traffic control center half an hour after the liftoff. The plane flew from Jayapura at 2:22 p.m. local time and was about to land in Oksibil at 3:16 p.m. but suddenly disappeared off the screens of the radars at 2:55 p.m.
Moreover, nothing predicted such an accident as no SOS calls were received from the plane.
The officials immediately launched a rescue operation, but due to extremely bad weather conditions and the ending of the light day, the rescue operation was called off and will be started on Monday as soon as possible.
Experts name bad weather conditions the cause of the accident and the reason, why no one gave an emergency call to the center was that all five crew members were very busy trying to deal with the unsuspecting problems.
Meteorologists give bad weather forecasts for the nearest days in the addition to extremely high relief in the area that is a major obstacle for coordinating the searches.
The plane belonged to Trigana Air Service which is known for being ‘unsafe’ due to the report of the EU commission that made a decision to ban the company from European airspace. Also, this is the third Trigana Air Service plane accident that took place in Asia during the last 1.5 years.