JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP): A Twin-Otter plane crashed moments after takeoff Thursday in Indonesia's remote Papua province, killing at least two people on board and injuring seven, an official said.
The chief of Air Regional, an airline based in Central Papua, and an unidentified mechanic died in the crash at a small airport in Mulia town, said the company's operational chief, Franciscus Xaverius Bambang.
Mulia lies at the foot of Indonesia's highest mountain, the snowcapped Puncak Jaya, about 3,300 kilometers (2,050 miles) east of Jakarta.
Papua province, formerly known as Irian Jaya, occupies the western half of New Guinea at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago. There are few roads, and air travel is a common form of transport.
It is considered one of the world's most dangerous places to fly. Many areas are mountainous and prone to dangerously low clouds and sudden weather changes.