Posts tagged ‘West Papua’

May 7, 2011

No survivors as Indonesian passenger aircraft crashes into the sea in West Papua

[Travel News Contributor, Johan Sminter]

Sadly there were no survivors from the crash of the Indonesian passenger aircraft  today which had been carrying 27 people when it plummeted into the sea of West Papua in a landing attempt which went short of the Kaimana town airstrip.

So far only 15 bodies have been accounted for and rescuers are still searching for survivors. Papau has a terrible air safety record and this incident will do little to inspire confidence in the many travelers who have to rely on air travel to get to the Indonesian archipelago.

Indonesia has had many commercial airline disasters in the past few years and in 2007, the European Union had effectively banned all of the country’s airlines.