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Indonesia Plane Crash Survivor Found

July 23, 2002

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ A man who survived a plane crash in the thick jungle of Borneo last week has been found bruised and starving in a remote village, police said Tuesday.

The survivor, identified as Bangau, said he walked for five days through dense jungle before coming upon the village of Papadi, said Herman Ismail, police chief of the town of Tarakan.

``He is still confused and can’t give us much information yet about the crash,″ said Ismail.

The Britten-Norman BN-2B, carrying two crewmen and eight passengers, had been on a one-hour flight from Tarakan, a town in East Kalimantan province, to Krayan when it vanished last Tuesday.

At the time, authorities said there were no survivors. Ismail said it had been difficult to identify the bodies because they were so badly dismembered.

Bangau was later taken to the nearby town of Long Bawang, where his family lives. He is being treated in a local hospital, Ismail said.

Officials have not determined the cause of the crash.

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