Bodies found after Indonesia plane with 13 disappears

The M28 Skytruck plane is believed to have plunged into 24-meter (79-feet) deep waters.

Bodies found after Indonesia plane with 13 disappears

An Indonesian police plane with 13 people aboard is believed to have crashed after takeoff as Indonesian rescuers on Sunday recovered body parts in the sea.



Reportedly, the light aircraft lost contact Saturday on the way to the island of Batam off the southeast coast of Sumatra island near Singapore. All those aboard, including five crew and eight police passengers, are feared dead, officials said.


Henry Bambang Soelistyo, National Search and Rescue Agency chief told media that the M28 Skytruck plane is believed to have plunged into 24-meter (79-feet) deep waters.

In a news conference he said that body remains probably of the victims were found in the area where villagers earlier retrieved a seat and a bag containing a cellphone and police documents. TV footage showed police uniforms and other clothing also were retrieved from the sea.

It is to be noted that search teams involving Indonesia’s navy, customs office and maritime police as well as aircraft from Singapore were scouring a 518-square-kilometer (200-square-mile) sea area for the wreckage of the aircraft, Soelistyo said, adding that divers also were deployed.