Indonesian Plane goes missing in Papua New Guinea

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Jakarta: An Indonesian passenger plane which was carrying 54 people lost contact on Sunday with the Air Traffic Control in the easternmost province of Papua.

The The Trigana Air ATR 42 turboprop plane lost contact just before 3 PM (0600 GMT) after taking off from Sentani airport in Papua's capital Jayapura on a flight to Oksibil. The plane was carrying 44 adults, five children and five crew on the board which was scheduled to take about 45 minutes. The plane lost contact with the ATC shortly before it was supposed to arrive at Oksibil airport just after 3 PM.

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According to a Transport Ministry official, “We are not sure what happened to the plane yet and we are coordinating with local authorities. 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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