Sunday, August 26, 2012

Aussie's body believed found after plane crash

By Indonesia correspondent George Roberts 

Indonesian authorities believe they have found the body of an Australian man whose plane crashed on Friday.

The light plane disappeared in East Kalimantan on Friday morning with Perth man Peter John Elliot and three others on board.

Since Friday, a team of 560 search and rescue workers have scoured the area of Indonesian Borneo.

Last night the burnt-out wreckage of a plane and four bodies were found in a mountainous area of the island.

Indonesian authorities say the families of the men have been notified, but the bodies will be evacuated and taken for DNA testing to officially identify the remains.

Mr Elliot owned a surveying company called Elliot Geophysics International.

He had chartered the plane for work purposes.

NTSB Identification: WPR12WA374
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Friday, August 24, 2012 in Bontang, Indonesia, Indonesia
Aircraft: PIPER PA31, registration: PK-IWH
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

On August 24, 2012, at 0551 universal coordinated time, a Piper PA-31-350, PK-IWH, operated by PT. Intan Angkasa Air Service under the pertinent civil regulations of Indonesia, collided with Mt. Tundung Mayang, near Bontang, Indonesia, at an elevation of 1,300 feet. The pilot and 3 passengers were fatally injured and the airplane was substantially damaged.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Indonesia. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of Indonesia. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

National Transportation Safety Committee
Ministry of Transportation Building 3rd Floor
JI. Medan Merdeka Timur No. 5 Jakarta – Indonesia
Tel: +62 21 3517606
Fax: +62 21 3517606

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