Indonesian air force plane crashes in Papua killing 13, official says

The crash site on Lisuwa mountain had been found and the bodies of the victims were being brought back to Wamena.

Indonesian soldiers examining the Hercules military plane A-1334 that crashed in Wamena on 18 December, 2016. Amilitary plane crashed in remote mountainous region of Indonesia's Papua, killing 13 people on board, military and police officials said. Picture: AFP.

JAKARTA – An Indonesian air force transport plane has crashed into a mountain, killing all 13 people board, during a training exercise in the remote region of Papua, a search and rescue agency official said on Sunday.

The Hercules C130 plane had taken off from the city of Timika before crashing near its destination of Wamena at around 6.15 am local time, said Ivan Ahmad Riski Titus, operational director of Indonesia’s Search and Rescue Agency.

The crash site on Lisuwa mountain had been found and the bodies of the victims were being brought back to Wamena, he said.

Air transport is commonly used in remote and mountainous Papua, Indonesia's easternmost province, where land travel is often impossible.

Indonesia has a patchy air safety record and President Joko Widodo promised a review of the country’s ageing air force fleet last year after a military transport plane crashed, killing more than 100 people.