(RTTNews) - Five Indonesian police officers on a mission to help flood victims were killed when their plane crashed during an emergency landing in bad weather in Papua province on Wednesday, police said.
A National Police spokesman said the aircraft was on its way to Ambon city en route to the capital Jakarta when it crashed in Nabire district of Papua province. Three bodies were recovered and rescuers were still searching for the remaining two, he added.
The light cargo plane is reported to have crashed after delivering supplies to flood victims in Wasior in Indonesia's Papua region where more than 150 people died in floods this month.
In the last mishap in April, about 100 people on board an Indonesian airliner had a miraculous escape when the plane skidded off the runway and plunged into a river near an airport in Indonesia's Papua province, injuring 20 people.
Comprising 17,508 islands, the vast archipelago of Indonesia relies heavily on air transport due to limited road networks but has one of Asia's worst air safety records.
Acting on a report from the International Civil Aviation Organization which criticized the country's safety standards, the European Union banned all Indonesia-registered aircraft from flying over its airspace in June 2007.
by RTT Staff Writer