12-Year-Old Boy Survives Plane Crash in Indonesia

Cathy He
By Cathy He
August 13, 2018World News

A 12-year-old boy was the lone survivor of a plane crash that killed eight people in Indonesia on Aug. 11.

The Dimonim Air passenger plane, carrying nine people including two pilots, went missing during a 45-minute flight from Tanahmerah to Oksibil in Indonesia’s Papua Province. The small plane lost contact with air traffic control shortly before it was due to land at Oksibil Airport.

The wreckage of the Pilatus PC-6 Porter single-engine plane was found early the next day by locals after it crashed in the mountains near the airport.

The child, identified only as Jumaidi, was the only passenger found alive and evacuated to Oksibil Hospital on Aug. 12. The 12-year-old suffered broken bones and was transferred to another hospital for intensive care, police spokesman Ahmad Mustofa Kamal told BBC Indonesia.

The remaining eight victims were found dead at the site of the wreckage.

It took search and rescue workers two hours traveling on foot to reach the wreckage at Menuk Mountain from a nearby village, reported local media.

The cause of the crash is not known.

Indonesia has a patchy aviation safety record with frequent accidents. An AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Kuala Lumpur crashed in the Java Sea in late 2014, killing all 162 people on board.

Reuters contributed to this article.

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