JAKARTA, Indonesia — Thirteen individuals are dreaded dead after an Indonesian police plane lost contact amid a flight Saturday to the island of Batam close Singapore.
The light freight and traveler M28 Skytruck plane, conveying five group individuals and eight travelers, dropped out of contact midmorning around 50 minutes in the wake of taking off from Pangkal Pinang in Bangka Belitung region off the southeast shoreline of Sumatra island, police said in an announcement. It was booked to arrive in Batam in adjacent Riau Kepulauan area at 10:58 a.m.
Those on board the plane were policemen, as indicated by the announcement.
National Search and Rescue Agency boss Henry Bambang Soelistyo said rescuers were looking waters amongst Mensanak and Sebangka islands for the plane.
He said villagers found a seat and a pack containing a cellphone and police archives.
Television footage demonstrated that police garbs and different pieces of attire additionally had been recovered from the ocean.
Neighborhood media, refering to the Tanjung Pinang maritime base leader, reported that bodies had been recuperated by villagers.
Soelistyo, in any case, couldn’t yet affirm the reports on the bodies.