Indonesia carries out probe into plane crash

15:05, May 09, 2011      

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Indonesian experts have carried out investigation over the plane crash on Saturday in West Papua of Indonesia that killed all people on board, a minister said on Monday.

Indonesian Transport Minister Freddy Numberi said that data recorder of the plane had already been found and the authorities and rescue team are still looking for the voice recorder.

"The investigation has been conducted by the expert from KNKT ( the National Transport Safety Committee)," he told reporters at the State Palace.

The experts were deployed to the scene on Saturday night, Director General of Air Transport Harry Bhakti said Saturday.

The passenger plane operated by Merpati Nusantara Airline was enroute from Sorong to Kaimana of Papua, said Bhakti.

The plane crashed before reaching runway at about 500 meters from the side of the runway in Kaimana, said Bhakti.

The director said that there were many possibilities of the cause of the accident -- weather condition, human error or the condition of the plane.

The plane had passed the certification from Indonesia, so, technically the plane itself had no problem, he said.

Source: Xinhua
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