27 Oct 2005

Search for helicopter in Indonesian province of Papua called off

9:16 am on 27 October 2005

The search for an air force helicopter that went missing in the Indonesian province of Papua with five people on board has been called off.

The Twin Pack helicopter from Jayapura went missing from radar screens on the 12th of October shortly before it landed in Sentani Airport.

It was carrying four Air Force crew and one civilian and was travelling to the township of Benawa.

The commander of Jayapura Air Force Base, Colonel Anang Murdianto said search and rescue teams had searched an area between 50 and 60 kilometres wide, near the airport but had found no trace of the aircraft.

Colonel Murdianto said regulations meant that after 15 days the search had to be called off.