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Indonesian plane debris spotted: safety practices under fire

A passenger plane with 54 people on board that crashed in the mountains of eastern Indonesia was carrying the equivalent of more than $600,000 Cdn dollars in government cash for poor families to help offset a spike in fuel prices, a local postal official said Monday.


August 17, 2015
By The Associated Press

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. There was no immediate word if there were any survivors from Sunday’s crash, which happened in bad weather.

Four postal workers aboard the plane were escorting four bags of cash totaling 6.5 billion rupiah ($617,500 Cdn) in government fuel aid, Haryono, the head of the post office in Jayapura, the provincial capital, told The Associated Press. | READ MORE