Crashed Indonesian Plane Found on Mountain, 10 Bodies Retrieved

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Indonesian rescuers on Tuesday found the bodies of all 10 passengers and crew from a small plane that went missing in Indonesia last week.

The wreckage of the DHC-6 Twin Otter plane, which lost contact with ground control Oct. 2 on a domestic flight to Makassar from Masamba, was found Tuesday morning 7,000 feet up Mount Latimojong in South Sulawesi, said Zainul Thahar, a spokesman at the National Search and Rescue Agency. More than 300 personnel and one helicopter were deployed to search the region for the missing PT Aviastar Mandiri flight.

“We haven’t got to search for the black box, we’re still focusing on the bodies,” Thahar said, adding that the steep slope made retrieval difficult.

The crash is the latest setback for Indonesia’s aviation sector, which has been struggling with accidents and poor oversight. At least 357 people have died in three crashes in Indonesia since late December.

The Transport Ministry revoked Aviastar’s regular flight permit Monday as it could not meet minimum requirements for aircraft availability after the crash, the Detik news website reported. When Aviastar was contacted for comment, a receptionist asked a reporter to call back later.

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