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Hope for 18 missing in Indonesia plane crash

By Haris Afzal on Friday, September 30, 2011 with 0 comments

Hope for 18 missing in Indonesia plane crash
JAKARTA: There were hopes Friday there could be survivors from an Indonesian plane that crashed with 18 people aboard, the government said, after

rescuers spotted the fuselage intact and a door open.

The Casa 212 turboprop plane, carrying 14 passengers including four children, and four crew, went down in Sumatra island on Thursday after

departing Medan city, in Sumatra, for the nearby province of Aceh.

But the commercial flight run by Nusantara Buana Air sent a distress signal soon after and crashed at 1,100 metres (3,600 feet) in the mountainous

Bohorok area, around 70 kilometres (40 miles) northwest of Medan.

A search-and-rescue team determined Thursday that the fuselage was largely undamaged and early Friday morning they reported from a helicopter

that a door to the aircraft had been opened.

"They saw an open door, which makes us think that some passengers may be alive, so we are hopeful," transport ministry aviation head Herry Bakti

told, adding that there were no foreigners on the flight.

The rescue team were unable to reach the site Thursday because of poor access to the area and difficult terrain.

"The first thing we'll do today is place an emergency helipad at the site, and hopefully we can get on the ground soon," Bakti said.

Local daily newspaper Kompas reported that families of the missing had begun a search mission themselves, frustrated with the slow response.

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