Search Continues for Plane Crash, Ferry Sinking Victims in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities are carrying out two search and rescue efforts for an Adam Air plane that that crashed with 96 passengers and six crew on board and the recovery of passengers from a ferry that sunk last Friday.

More survivors from the ferry were being brought ashore Monday, but hundreds were still missing and bodies were scattered for miles on beaches along Java's coastline.

Rescuers had found nearly 180 survivors from the ferry that went down in stormy seas around midnight on Friday with close to 700 people on board. Confirmed deaths were just five. There were reports of scores more bodies recovered or sighted but officials were having difficulty compiling definitive data.

"We are having problems because the victims are spread all across the beaches from Jepara to Rembang to Tuban and a lot of people are looking for victims, including sailors," said Toni Syaiful, spokesman for the navy's eastern fleet. The area he described stretches some 175 km (110 miles) long.

There was hope of finding more survivors as several life rafts had been spotted at sea on Sunday with people in them. Thirty-five survivors picked up by fishing boats landed in Tuban in East Java province early on Monday. Two helicopters and 17 vessels were involved in the search for survivors and bodies on Monday, Dody, an official at the national Search and Rescue office in Jakarta.

Adam Air Flight Found

Rescue teams Tuesday found the smoldering wreckage of an Indonesian jetliner that went missing over Indonesia's Sulawesi island during a storm, authorities said. Officials say 90 people were killed, but there are 12 survivors.

Adam Air spokesman Hartono, who goes by a single name, said the condition of the 12 survivors is not known. Rescue workers were at the crash site trying to evacuate survivors, officials said.

Air force rear commander Eddy Suyanto told el-Shinta radio station that the plane had crashed in a mountainous region in Polewali, west Sulawesi province.

The plane was on a domestic flight from Java island to Sulawesi when it disappeared late Monday about an hour before it was due to land amid very bad weather. The captain managed to send out two distress signals, said national aviation chief Ichsan Tatang said late Monday.

Hundreds of people gathered at the airport in Manado seeking information about their missing relatives. A copy of the missing plane's manifest made available to reporters showed three passengers as non-Indonesians, but did not indicate their nationalities.

The flight had taken off from a stopover in Surabaya on Java island and was scheduled to land about two hours later in Manado. Satellites had detected the distress signal 83 miles (154 km) northwest of Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi province, 1,400 km (870 miles) east of Jakarta.