Another Indonesian flight down

Caitlin Husted, Editor in Chief

A Trigana Air Service flight crashed in a remote area of Indonesia on Sunday, August 16. Spotted due to the smoking wreckage, rescue workers arrived at the crash site the following Tuesday to find that out of the 49 passengers and five crew members (all Indonesian), there were no survivors.

This flight set off from Jayapura on what was supposed to be a 45-minute flight to Oksibil, but lost contact 10 minutes before landing as it attempted to descend through heavy clouds and rain.

USA Today explained that Indonesian Air Transportation Director General Suprasetyo said that, “the plane was found Sunday by villagers who said it crashed into a mountain in Papua, the nation’s largest eastern province.

Search teams found money along the rubble – some in good condition and some burned – according to Hadi M. Duraid, a Transport Ministry official. The plane carried half a million dollars’ worth of cash meant for impoverished families.

According to Andi Dulung, director-general of social support at the Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs, “Officials from the Indonesian postal service were traveling with the money to distribute it to around 6,600 people in the mountainous region.” This money was to be handed out to impoverished families because of a lack of infrastructure in the region.

An article on Yahoo News said, “A team of three investigators from France’s BEA agency, which probes air accidents, and four technical advisors from ATR, a European plane maker based in France, is heading to Indonesia to look into the accident.”

This is not the only plane mishap to happen in the Indonesian area. An AirAsia plane was lost over Java Sea in December of last year. Carrying 162 people, the plane took off from Surabaya and was headed to Singapore when the pilot asked to change course to avoid clouds. Contact was lost with the plane 42 minutes after takeoff. According to NBC News, that was the third Malaysian based airline incident to happen in 2014 alone.

The questions of plane safety circulate and people attempt to figure out what exactly happened on the Trigana Air Service flight. With the plane’s flight data recorder still missing, the reason for the plane’s crash remains unclear at this time, although the airline suspects bad weather as the cause.

However, an article on International Business Times said, “Indonesia airlines, no stranger to airline tragedies, has been prevented in the past from flying in Europe because of its poor safety standards. The airline that crashed on Sunday, Trigana Air Service, is still banned from flying in Europe.”

Thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the passengers on the plane. With the amount of plane crashes from this region in the last year, it’s surprising that drastic measures have not been taken to improve the safety of these airlines. Hopefully this plane crash will push airlines into action to take more precautions with their flights and flight plans in order to ensure the safety of its passengers.