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Plane Crash Kills 40

July 1, 1993

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ An Indonesian airliner crashed today in a remote eastern province, killing at least 40 people, an airline spokesman said.

The Fokker-28, which was carrying 43 people, crashed as it was about to land at Jefman Airport in Sorong, about 1,700 miles northeast of Jakarta, said spokesman Agus Sudjono of the private Merpati Nusantara Airlines.

The survivors were unconscious and treated at a hospital, Sudjono told The Associated Press by telephone.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known, he added.

Sudjono said it also was not known whether there were any foreigners aboard the flight, which began in Jakarta.

The official Antara news agency said the plane crashed near a beach close to the airport. The local civil aviation office in Sorong said the plane broke into three parts and all of the people aboard were thrown out, the report said.

It was the second crash of a Merpati plane in less than a month. A Twin Otter crashed in Nabire in mid-June, killing the engineer and injuring the two pilots.

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