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61 bodies found after migrant boat sinks off Malaysia

Dozens of bodies have been pulled from the water after an overloaded wooden boat carrying illegal immigrants from Indonesia sank off the coast of Malaysia.

The boat was carrying illegal immigrants from Indonesia Credit: Google Maps

Maritime search and rescue director Robert Teh said 61 bodies had been recovered so far, with the victims mostly men. There was also one toddler on board, he added.

Only 20 people are believed to have survived the disaster on Thursday.

The search operation will continue today, but if no more bodies are found, Mr Teh said it may be called off.

The boat is believed to have capsized due to overloading and bad weather. The immigrants on board were thought to have been making the journey home for the Eid al-Adha holiday.


Bodies of all 54 people found after Indonesia plane crash

The plane crashed in Indonesia's Papua region with 54 people on board. Credit: Google Maps

The bodies of all 54 people on board an Indonesian passenger plane which crashed in a remote area have been found.

The Trigana Air Service ATR 42-300 plane crashed in Indonesia's eastern region of Papua on Sunday.

Search and rescue teams also found the aircraft's black box. The cause of the crash is not yet known but officials have said the plane could have "hit a peak and then fell into a ravine".

Five children and infants were among those on board the short-haul flight from provincial capital Jayapura south to Oksibil town.

The aircraft was also carrying about £300,000 destined for remote villages, as part of an assistance programme.

Crashed plane was carrying £300,000 in village aid cash

The plane crashed in Indonesia's Papua region with 54 people on board. Credit: OgreBot/Wikipedia

An Indonesian passenger plane was carrying cash worth around £300,000 in aid for remote villages when it crashed, a post office official said today.

The Trigana Air Service ATR 42-300 plane crashed in Indonesia's eastern region of Papua on Sunday with 54 people on board, including five children and infants.

"There were four people carrying the money, 6.5 billion rupiah ($471,500)," PT Pos spokesman Abu Sofjan said, adding that it was part of an official assistance programme for the poor and was intended to be distributed to villagers.

The short-haul flight was travelling from Sentani Airport in Jayapura, capital of Papua, to Oksibil. All those on board were Indonesian nationals.

Search teams are travelling to an area where debris believed to be from the aircraft was spotted in the heavily forested Bintang Mountains district.


Indonesia plane found after mountain crash

The crashed Indonesian passenger plane went down in the remote region of Papua and crashed into a mountain, according to an Indonesian government official.

The latest information is that the Trigana aircraft that lost contact has been found at Camp 3, Ok Bape district in the Bintang Mountains regency Residents provided information that the aircraft crashed into Tangok mountain.

– Suprasetyo, Air Transportation Director General

There was no immediate word on whether anyone survived.

Missing Indonesian jet company on EU blacklist

The company which owns the Indonesian jet that has gone missing in a remote region has been on the EU blacklist of banned carriers since 2007.

Trigana Airlines and others on the list are barred from operating in European airspace due to concerns over safety or the regulatory environment in its country of registration.

Number of serious incidents since Trigana began operations in 1991.
Number of aircrafts Trigana has been forced to write off.

Indonesia has a patchy aviation safety record and has seen two major plane crashes in the past year, including an AirAsia flight that went down in the Java Sea, killing all on board.

That crash prompted the government to introduce regulations aimed at improving safety.

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