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Four bodies recovered from crashed Indonesian cargo plane

File photo. Photograph:( ANI )

AFP Timika, Indonesia Sep 25, 2019, 12.27 PM (IST)

The bodies of four passengers on an Indonesian cargo plane that went missing in the jungles of Papua a week ago have been recovered, the Search and Rescue Agency said Wednesday.

The DHC-6 Twin Otter took off from the city of Timika for a short flight to Ilaga, a mountainous region in the remote eastern province of Papua.

Local authorities declared the plane missing after it failed to land hours after taking off. It was carrying three crew members, a police officer, and 1.7 tonnes of rice - missing after it failed to land hours after taking off.

On Wednesday, the Search and Rescue Agency said that four bodies were discovered near the wreckage of the small plane.

"The location was difficult to reach because of the dangerous terrain, but thankfully we managed to recover the victims' bodies," Budi Purnomo of the national search and rescue agency told reporters.

Indonesia relies heavily on air transport to connect its thousands of islands but mountainous Papua is a particularly difficult area to reach.

The Southeast Asian archipelago has a poor aviation safety record and Papua is covered in mountainous terrain with frequent poor weather.

In June, a military helicopter with 12 people on board lost contact just minutes after it took off from a remote part of Papua. The remains of the aircraft have yet to be found.

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On Wednesday, the Search and Rescue Agency said that four bodies were discovered near the wreckage of the small plane.