JAKARTA, May 7 (Xinhua) -- All the 27 people on board were killed in a commercial plane accident in Papua of Indonesia on Saturday, a rescuer and an official said.
Fifteen bodies of the victims had been found by rescuers, rescuer Arifin at Papua Search and Rescue Office told Xinhua.
The Indonesian plane operated by Merpati airline was on route of Sorong to Kaimana and Nabire, he said.
Spokesman of the Indonesian Transport Ministry Bambang Ervan said that the plane crashed before landing in Kaimana airport.
"The plane felt down to the sea before landing at Kaimana airport and all the 27 people on board died,"he said.
The accident happened at about 500 meters from the runway, said Ervan.