Death toll in Indonesia air crash rises to 53: official

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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