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All the passengers on a small plane have perished after their flight went down over Indonesia's Papua Province Saturday. 27 people were on board.
27 people have perished when a light plane went down in the remote province of Papua, Indonesia. Officials say all people onboard the Merpati Airlines flight lost their lives.
The Transportation Ministry says the Chinese-made MA60 crashed just short of the runway on Saturday. Rescuers continued to search the waters off the city of Kaimana on Sunday. They enlisted the help of locals to help salvage parts of the plane.
Several small domestic carriers serve Indonesia and many have poor safety records.
The European Commission, which had barred all Indonesian airlines from its airspace, lifted a ban in 2009 on Indonesian flagship carrier Garuda Indonesia after it improved safety standards.