8 bodies found in Indonesian plane crash

12-Year-Old Only Survivor In Indonesia Plane Crash That Killed 8

12-Year-Old Only Survivor In Indonesia Plane Crash That Killed 8

A 12-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed eight people in mountainous eastern Indonesia, authorities said Sunday (Aug 12).

The wreckage of the plane was found in a heavily forested area on a mountain side in the Oksibil subdistrict on Sunday morning.

A light plane crashed in the Indonesia province of Papua (green on map) where only a 12-year-old boy survived.

The plane departed from Tanah Merah airport in Boven Digul on Saturday at 1:42 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Oksibil airport at 2:20 p.m.

Col. Jonathan Binsar Sianipar said the boy, identified only as Jumaidi, was the only passenger found alive and was evacuated to the Oksibil hospital.

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At the time, the Essex was "conducting routine operations in the Sulu Sea", according to the statement. Officials did not release the Marine's name, but said his or her family has been notified.

"Villagers in Okatem reported that they heard a loud roar from the plane followed by a big explosion", Bintang regency police chief Michael Mumbunan told AFP.

An investigation into the cause of the crash will be carried out, officials said.

Planes are one of the only ways to get around Papua province, a remote and mountainous region which is extremely hard to navigate.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation, with more than 260 million people, has been plagued by transportation accidents on land, sea and air because of overcrowding on ferries, ageing infrastructure and poorly enforced safety standards.

In August 2015, a commercial passenger aircraft operated by Indonesian carrier Trigana crashed in Papua due to bad weather, killing all 54 people on board.

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