Plane With 16 On Board Goes Missing In Indonesia

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Jakarta: A twin-engine Indonesian police plane went missing on Saturday with 16 people on board en route to the island of Batam, south of Singapore, police said.

The plane, with five crew members and eight passengers, dropped out of contact midmorning about 50 minutes after taking off from Bangka island off the southeast coast of Sumatra island, a police statement said.

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The plane is thought to have crashed between the islands of Mensanak and Sebangka or Gentar, a police report obtained by news agency Reuters said.

National Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo said rescuers were searching seas between Mensanak and Sebangka islands. A search team recovered items apparently identified as being from the missing aircraft, the report said. No other details were immediately available. He said villagers had found a seat and a bag containing a cellphone and police documents.

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