Boy, 12, is the only survivor of the plane crash that killed eight people in Indonesia

A 12-year-old boy (pictured) is the only survivor of a private plane crash on Menuk Mountain in Oksibil

A 12-year-old boy (pictured) is the only survivor of a private plane crash on Menuk Mountain in Oksibil

A 12-year-old boy (pictured) is the only survivor of a private plane crash on Menuk Mountain in Oksibil

A 12-year-old boy is the only survivor of a plane crash that killed eight people in the mountainous east of Indonesia, authorities said Sunday.

The Swiss-made Pilatus aircraft lost contact with air traffic control on Saturday during what was supposed to be a flight of about 40 minutes in the remote province of Papua.

The wreckage of the plane was found in a wooded area on the side of a mountain in the subdistrict of Oksibil on Sunday morning.

"Eight passengers were found dead and one was found alive," said Papua's military spokesman, Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi.

"At this time, the cause of the accident has not been confirmed," he told AFP, adding that the national transport safety committee will carry out an investigation.

The plane, which was owned by the private flight company Dimonim Air, carried seven passengers and two crew members.

Before the accident, the villagers in the vicinity of Okatem reported hearing a loud roar followed by an explosion.

The plane, which was owned by the private flight company Dimonim Air, carried seven passengers and two crew members.

The plane, which was owned by the private flight company Dimonim Air, carried seven passengers and two crew members.

The plane, which was owned by the private flight company Dimonim Air, carried seven passengers and two crew members.

The search and rescue teams had to walk two hours to reach the accident site that was in a wooded area on the side of a mountain in the Oksibil subdistrict on Sunday morning.

The search and rescue teams had to walk two hours to reach the accident site that was in a wooded area on the side of a mountain in the Oksibil subdistrict on Sunday morning.

The search and rescue teams had to walk two hours to reach the accident site that was in a wooded area on the side of a mountain in the Oksibil subdistrict on Sunday morning.

The search and rescue teams walked two hours to get to the accident site and were still recovering the bodies late in the morning.

Indonesia relies heavily on air transport to connect its thousands of islands, but has a poor aviation safety record and has suffered several fatal accidents in recent years.

Papua is a particularly difficult area to reach.

Five people died after a small plane crashed near Wamena in the province of Papua in July last year.

In August 2015, a commercial passenger plane operated by the Indonesian airline Trigana crashed in Papua due to bad weather, killing all 54 people on board.

The military spokesman of Papua, Lieutenant Colonel Dax Sianturi, said that an investigation would be carried out, but "at this moment the cause of the accident has not been confirmed."

The military spokesman of Papua, Lieutenant Colonel Dax Sianturi, said that an investigation would be carried out, but "at this moment the cause of the accident has not been confirmed."

The military spokesman of Papua, Lieutenant Colonel Dax Sianturi, said that an investigation would be carried out, but "at this moment the cause of the accident has not been confirmed."

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