Indonesian passenger plane missing in remote Papua region

An Indonesian domestic passenger airliner carrying 54 people has lost contact with air traffic control in the remote easternmost province of Papua. Authorities say it is not yet clear what has happened to it.

The National Search and Rescue Agency said the aircraft belonging to local carrier Trigana Air disappeared at around 3:00 p.m. (0600 UTC) after taking off from Papua’s capital Jayapura en route to the Papua city of Oksibil.

According to the agency, the ATR42-300 twin turboprop flight was carrying 44 adult passengers, five crew and five children. The trip was scheduled to take 45-55 minutes.

Transport Ministry spokesman Julius Barata said the plane lost contact with air traffic control about half an hour after takeoff.

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Source News: DW