Sat, 08 Oct 1994

Allied plane returned

BIAK, Irian Jaya: The Indonesian government on Friday handed over the wreckage of an Allied plane that had been missing after being shot down during the height of World War II.

Antara reported yesterday that parts of wreckage of the plane, identified as a P-47 type, were handed to U.S. authorities which in turn flew them out to Honolulu.

The wreckage of the plane was discovered only recently by people in Sawi village who had reported their finding to the authorities in Biak.

Also found strewn among the wreckage were the remains of the pilot, his clothing and shoes which the U.S. authorities hope will help determine his identity, Antara reported. (emb)