Death toll in Indonesia air crash rises to 53: official

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Wreckage of Indonesia's Trigana Air Plane Found

Indonesian search teams have found the bodies of 53 of the 54 people on board a Trigana Air passenger aircraft that crashed in the mountainous interior of eastern Papua province, a transportation ministry official said on Tuesday.

The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) was still searching for one infant, Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Adravida Barata told Reuters by text message.


(Reporting by Wilda Asmarini; Writing by Fergus Jensen; By Paul Tait)

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Death toll in Indonesia air crash rises to 53: official
Indonesian rescuers search through wreckage of the Trigana Air ATR 42-300 twin-turboprop plane at the crash site in the mountainous area of Oksibil on August 18, 2015. A plane that crashed in eastern Indonesia was found on August 18 'completely destroyed' with the bodies of all 54 passengers and crew strewn amid the wreckage in a fire-blackened jungle clearing, officials said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Plane wreckage is strewn across dense terrain in Pegunungan Bintang, Papua province, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. The Trigana Air Service plane that went missing two days ago was destroyed when it slammed into a mountain, killing all 54 people on board, the country's top rescue official said.(AP Photo)
This photo released by the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) of Indonesia Monday, Aug. 17,2015 shows the part of the wreckage that BASARNAS identified as of the missing Trigana Air Service flight that crashed in Oksibil, Papua, Indonesia. Smoldering wreckage of the passenger turboprop plane with 54 people on board was spotted from the air Monday morning in a rugged area of the easternmost province of Papua, rescue officials said. (AP Photo/The National Search and Rescue Agency of Indonesia) MANDATORY CREDIT
Officials and rescue workers gather by plane wreckage strewn across dense terrain in a remote area of Pegunungan Bintang, Papua province, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. The Trigana Air Service plane that went missing two days ago was destroyed when it slammed into a mountain, killing all 54 people on board, the country's top rescue official said. (AP Photo)
Indonesian rescuers hold wreckage fragments from the Trigana Air ATR 42-300 twin-turboprop plane from the crash site in the mountainous area of Oksibil on August 18, 2015. A plane that crashed in eastern Indonesia was found on August 18 'completely destroyed' with the bodies of all 54 passengers and crew strewn amid the wreckage in a fire-blackened jungle clearing, officials said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indonesian soldier holds the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder, the "black boxes," of a Trigana Air Service passenger plane at the crash site in Pegunungan Bintang, Papua province, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. The Indonesian plane that went missing two days ago was destroyed when it slammed into a mountain, killing all 54 people on board, the country's top rescue official said. (AP Photo)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - AUGUST 17: Operational Deputy of Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Heronimus Guru speaks about Trigana Air ATR 42 plane shortly during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, 17 August 2015. Searchers spotted what was believed to be the wreckage of a plane that went missing with 54 people on board in Indonesia's remote Papua province. The ATR 42 operated by Trigana Air disappeared from the radar on 16 August, just 10 minutes before its scheduled arrival at Oksibil in the mountainous Pegunungan Bintang district. (Photo by Wawan Kurniawan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - AUGUST 17: Operational Deputy of Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Heronimus Guru shows a picture of the suspected crash site of a Trigana Air ATR 42 plane shortly after a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, on August 17, 2015. Searchers spotted what was believed to be the wreckage of a plane that went missing with 54 people on board in Indonesia's remote Papua province. The ATR 42 operated by Trigana Air disappeared from the radar on 16 August, just 10 minutes before its scheduled arrival at Oksibil in the mountainous Pegunungan Bintang district. (Photo by Wawan Kurniawan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
In this photo taken Dec. 26, 2010, Trigana Air Service's ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane takes off at Supadio airport in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. The same type of a Trigana airliner carrying 54 people was missing Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 after losing contact with ground control during a short flight in bad weather in the country's mountainous easternmost province of Papua, officials said. A search for the plane was suspended and will resume Monday morning. (AP Photo)
This photo released by the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) of Indonesia Monday, Aug. 17,2015 shows the part of the wreckage that BASARNAS identified as of the missing Trigana Air Service flight that crashed in Oksibil, Papua, Indonesia. Smoldering wreckage of the passenger turboprop plane with 54 people on board was spotted from the air Monday morning in a rugged area of the easternmost province of Papua, rescue officials said. (AP Photo/The National Search and Rescue Agency of Indonesia) MANDATORY CREDIT
National Search And Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) deputy operations director Heronimus Guru explains a search operation for the missing Trigana Air Service flight during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Smoldering wreckage of the Trigana Air Service turboprop plane was spotted from the air Monday morning in a rugged area of the easternmost province of Papua, rescue officials said. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Relatives of passengers on the missing Trigana Air Service flight sit at Sentani airport in Jayapura, Papua province, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Rescue officials spotted an Indonesian airliner that went missing on Sunday in the country's mountainous easternmost province of Papua and rescue teams were preparing to try to reach the crash site by air and foot. (AP Photo)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - AUGUST 16: Indonesia's Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan (L2) speaks during a press conference in Jakarta on August 16, 2015, announcing that a missing plane carrying 54 people crashed into a mountain in eastern Indonesian province of Papua. Indonesian authorities say a plane that went missing earlier Sunday with 54 passengers on board has been found after it crashed into mountains in eastern Papua. (Photo by Wawan Kurniawan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
National Search And Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) chief F. Henry Bambang Soelistyo, left, looks at a map with Air Vice Marshal Sudipo Handoyo during a search operation for the missing Trigana Air Service flight at Sentani airport in Jayapura, Papua province, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Rescuers are making their way into the rugged mountains of Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, where the airliner carrying 54 people went missing in bad weather Sunday. (AP Photo/Alfian)
Members of the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) wait before leaving on a search for the missing Trigana Air Service flight at Sentani airport in Jayapura, Papua province, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Rescue officials spotted an Indonesian airliner that went missing in the country's mountainous easternmost province of Papua and rescue teams were preparing to try to reach the crash site by air and foot. (AP Photo)
Relatives of passengers on the missing Trigana Air Service flight wait for information at Sentani airport in Jayapura, Papua province, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Rescuers are making their way into the rugged mountains of Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, where the airliner carrying 54 people went missing in bad weather Sunday. (AP Photo/Alfian)
Indonesian relatives submit information to police forensic personnel at a crisis center set up in Jayapura on August 17, 2015 following the crash of a Trigana Air ATR 42-300 twin-turboprop plane the day before. Rescuers raced on August 17 to reach debris in remote eastern Indonesian mountains believed to be from the plane that crashed carrying 54 people and cash worth almost half a million USD. AFP PHOTO / BIMA SAKTI (Photo credit should read BIMA SAKTI/AFP/Getty Images)
JAYAPURA, INDONESIA - AUGUST 17 : Relatives of passengers onboard the missing Trigana Air plane wait for news search at crisis centre in Sentani Airport, Jayapura, Indonesia, on August 17, 2015. Trigana ATR 42 aircraft carrying 54 peoples, lost contact with air traffic control after taking off from, Papua, Indonesia's eastern province. (Photo by Sakhiy Rifano/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Relatives of passengers on the missing Trigana Air Service flight listen to a National Policies Disaster Victim Identification official at Sentani airport in Jayapura, Papua province, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Rescuers are making their way into the rugged mountains of Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, where an airliner carrying 54 people went missing in bad weather Sunday. (AP Photo/Alfian)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - AUGUST 16: Indonesia's Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan (L) speaks during a press conference in Jakarta on August 16, 2015, announcing that a missing plane carrying 54 people crashed into a mountain in eastern Indonesian province of Papua. Indonesian authorities say a plane that went missing earlier Sunday with 54 passengers on board has been found after it crashed into mountains in eastern Papua. (Photo by Wawan Kurniawan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People walk outside the terminal at Sentani Airport in Jayapura, Papua province, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, after a Trigana Air Service flight originating from there went missing. An Indonesian airliner went missing Sunday after losing contact with ground control during a short flight in bad weather in the country's mountainous easternmost province of Papua, officials said. Local media reports said all the passengers are Indonesians. The airline did not immediately release a passenger manifest. (AP Photo)
Relatives of passengers on the missing Trigana Air Service flight stand in front of its closed offices at Sentani airport in Jayapura, Papua province, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. An Indonesian airliner went missing Sunday after losing contact with ground control during a short flight in bad weather in the country's mountainous easternmost province of Papua, officials said. Local media reports said all the passengers are Indonesians. The airline did not immediately release a passenger manifest. Sign on window says "Wamena - Today is Full" and is unrelated to the missing plane. (AP Photo)
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