Body parts found af­ter plane search

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE in Jakarta

In­done­sian res­cuers on Sun­day re­cov­ered body parts in the sea where a po­lice plane with 13 peo­ple aboard is be­lieved to have crashed the pre­vi­ous day.

The light air­craft lost con­tact on Satur­day on the way to the is­land of Batam, which is near Singapore, af­ter tak­ing off from an is­land off the south­east coast of Su­ma­tra. All those aboard, in­clud­ing five crew and eight pas­sen­gers, are feared dead, of­fi­cials said.

The M28 Skytruck is be­lieved to have plunged into 24-me­ter-deep wa­ters, said National Search and Res­cue Agency chief Henry Bam­bang Soelistyo.

He told a news con­fer­ence that 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. He said an oil spill was also found in the area.

TV footage showed po­lice uni­forms and other cloth­ing also were re­trieved from the sea.

In Batam, po­lice quoted wit­nesses as say­ing they saw the plane ex­plode af­ter it crashed into the sea off Lingga dis­trict.

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. Divers also were de­ployed.

It was at least the sec­ond air ac­ci­dent in In­done­sia in just over a week. On Nov 24, a Bell 412 EP he­li­copter be­long­ing to the army crashed in part of Bor­neo is­land, killing three and leav­ing one miss­ing.

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