All 18 dead in Indonesian plane crash

The wreckage of the airplane that crashed lies in among the trees at mount Hulusekelem in Bahorok, North Sumatra, on Friday.

Story highlights

  • The airplane carrying 18 people crashed in the mountains in North Sumatra
  • The flight was bound for Aceh province when it crashed
  • Two children and two infants are among the passengers, the official says
Authorities have found all 18 bodies of passengers and crew aboard a plane that crashed in western Indonesia, a search official said Saturday.
Rescuers reached the wreckage even though the search effort was hampered by bad weather, said Agus Wibisono of the National Search and Rescue Agency.
They had been searching for the plane after air traffic controllers lost contact with it Thursday morning shortly after it took off from an airport in North Sumatra.
It was bound for the Kutacane district in Aceh province when it crashed in the mountains in North Sumatra, said Henry Bakti, Indonesia's director general for air transportation.
Passengers included two children and two infants, Bakti said. Nusantara Buana Air owns the plane, which services destinations in Aceh.
Airplanes are the primary mode of transportation between Indonesia's scattered islands.
In May, a plane that crashed off the coast of Kaimana killed at least 15 people.
Indonesia's poor aviation record has led the European Union and the United States to blacklist a number of the country's small airlines, including Nusantara Buana Air.