All Feared Dead in Indonesian ATR Crash

Rescue workers reach crash site.

Trigana Air Service ATR

Trigana Air Service ATR

Photo credit: YSSYguy at English Wikipedia

Rescue workers in Indonesia have reached the crash site of an ATR-42 twin turboprop that went down in a mountainous area with 54 people on board, a senior government official told reporters.

The teams on the ground have so far found at least 38 bodies at the scene and haven't found any survivors, according to media reports.

Helicopters are being deployed to the densely forested area in the eastern Indonesian province of Papua to begin the recovery process, according to CNN.

The airliner, operated by the Indonesian carrier Trigana Air Service, lost contact with ATC Sunday about half an hour into a short flight from the provincial capital to a town in the mountains.

Search planes spotted debris on a mountainside Monday, but efforts to try to reach it on foot and by helicopter were suspended because of fog.

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