Indonesian Search Team Finds Survivor From Helicopter Crash

October 13, 2015 – An Indonesian search team today found a survivor from the helicopter that lost contact on Oct 11 in Sumatra and presumed to have crashed.

Fransiskus, 22, was found floating on Lake Toba, about 3.2 kilometres from Samosir island, an official said.

“A marine, who is with the army search team, found him floating and hanging on to some water hyacinth to survive for the past two days,” a member of special force searching for the chopper, Colonel Fachri, told reporters today. “We brought him to the nearest local hospital for first aid,” he added.

The Indonesian helicopter carrying five people lost contact with the traffic control during its flight over Sumatra island on Sunday. The single-engine light Eurocopter EC-130 belonging to PT Penerbangan Angkasa Semesta took off for the hour-long flight from Sumatra’s Samosir island to Kualanamu airport in Medan when it lost contact at 12:20pm.

The incident has added to Indonesia’s poor aviation safety record. A plane crashed in the jungles on Sulawesi island earlier this month, killing 10 people on board.

Last August, another plane crashed on a remote mountain in Oksibil Papua, killing 54 people onboad. In the same month, engine failure caused another small aircraft to crash in Papua, killing the pilot.

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