"As a result, the forward hull of the helicopter caught fire," Ilaga Airport Head Herman Sujito noted in a statement that ANTARA quoted here, Monday.
The ill-fated helicopter was parked at the airport since March 31, whilst awaiting the arrival of necessary spare parts to solve its engine problem, he noted.
Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Mathius Fakhiri confirmed that armed Papuan criminals had attempted to set ablaze a civilian helicopter at the Ilaga Airport.
Following the incident, the current situation at the airport is relatively secure and peaceful, but police officers stationed there are ordered to remain on standby, he stated.
Over these past four months, ANTARA noted that armed Papuan criminals had launched two attacks on civilian aircraft.
On January 6, some 10 armed Papuans had vandalized and torched a Quest Kodiak aircraft belonging to the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) at the Pagamba village airstrip.