BREAKING NEWS: Indonesian Plane Goes Missing

BREAKING NEWS: Indonesian Plane Goes Missing

By CNN on August 16, 2015
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An Indonesian plane with 54 people on board is missing in Papua region, officials have said.

Contact was lost with the Trigana Air ATR 42 turboprop just before 15:00 local time (06:00 GMT) after take-off from Sentani airport in the regional capital Jayapura.

The plane was en route to the town of Oksibil in the south of the region.

It is carrying 44 adult passengers, five children and infants, and five crew.

Transport Ministry spokesman JA Barata confirmed the disappearance, AFP news agency reported.

“We are not sure what happened to the plane yet and we are co-ordinating with local authorities,” he told the agency.

“The weather is currently very bad there, it’s very dark and cloudy. It’s not conducive for a search. The area is mountainous.”

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