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Indonesian plane missing with 54 onboard

By The Assam Tribune
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JAKARTA, Aug 16 - An Indonesian airliner carrying 54 people went missing today after losing contact with ground control during a short flight in bad weather in the country�s mountainous easternmost province of Papua, officials said.

Local villagers told authorities that they saw a plane crash into a mountain, and scores of rescuers were heading to the remote area and will begin searching there at daybreak tomorrow. An air search for the missing plane was suspended and will resume tomorrow as well.

The Trigana Air Service plane was flying from Papua�s provincial capital Jayapura to the Papua city of Oksibil when it lost contact with Oksibil�s airport, said Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata. There was no indication that the pilot had made a distress call, he said.

The ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane was carrying 49 passengers and five crew members on the scheduled 42-minute journey, Barata said. Five children, including three infants, were among the passengers. � AP

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Indonesian plane missing with 54 onboard

JAKARTA, Aug 16 - An Indonesian airliner carrying 54 people went missing today after losing contact with ground control during a short flight in bad weather in the country�s mountainous easternmost province of Papua, officials said.

Local villagers told authorities that they saw a plane crash into a mountain, and scores of rescuers were heading to the remote area and will begin searching there at daybreak tomorrow. An air search for the missing plane was suspended and will resume tomorrow as well.

The Trigana Air Service plane was flying from Papua�s provincial capital Jayapura to the Papua city of Oksibil when it lost contact with Oksibil�s airport, said Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata. There was no indication that the pilot had made a distress call, he said.

The ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane was carrying 49 passengers and five crew members on the scheduled 42-minute journey, Barata said. Five children, including three infants, were among the passengers. � AP