Boy (12) is sole survivor of plane crash in Indonesia

Eight bodies recovered in Papua after incident involving Dimonim Air flight

Rescuers evacuate the survivor of a crashed  aircraft in Papua, Indonesia. Photograph: Papua Cendrawasih Military Command/EPA

Rescuers evacuate the survivor of a crashed aircraft in Papua, Indonesia. Photograph: Papua Cendrawasih Military Command/EPA

 

Indonesian search and rescue teams found eight bodies and one survivor after a small plane crashed in the eastern province of Papua, local police said on Sunday.

The Dimonim Air passenger plane carrying nine people, including a 12-year-old child who survived, lost contact with air traffic control on Saturday afternoon and was later found by local residents in Pegunungan Bintang district.

The child suffered broken bones in the incident and was being treated at the local hospital.

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