Jakarta. A joint search team has recovered a body from the crash site of a police aircraft crash in Pangkal Pinang in Bangka Belitung Sunday afternoon (03/12).
The twin-enging M28 Skytruck was carrying 13 police officers when it went down Saturday morning on the way to Batam for a regular crew rotation.
“On Saturday at around 5.55 p.m., a body was discovered. We will transfer it to police-owned Bhayangkara Hospital in Batam this morning,” Riau Islands Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. S. Erlangga said on Sunday morning, as reported by state-run Antara news agency.
Police are yet to identify the body.
The search team also found several items belonging to the victims, including bags, hat, clothes and photos.
Three body bags were delivered to the Bhayangkara Hospital on Sunday morning, but Erlangga said police must first identify the bodies before any confirmation is issued.
The crewmembers on crashed aircraft were Comr. Adj. Budi Waluyo (pilot), Comr. Adj. Eka Barokah (pilot), Comr. Adj. Tonce (pilot), Brig. Joko Sujarwo (flight engineer) and Brig. Mustafa (flight engineer). Among the passengers were Comr. Adj. Abdul Munir, Comr. Adj. Safran, Chief Brig. Erwin, First Brig. Andi Z., Second Brig. Rizal, Brig. Suwarno and Brig. Joko Sungatno.
At least 16 boats, two choppers and an aircraft have been deployed in the search.
The crash is the latest of several incidents in recent months allegedly due to aging aircraft and a lack of proper maintenance.