Sunday, 16 August 2015

Indonesian passenger plane missing over Papua region.

A Trigana Air ATR-42 plane on the tarmac [File: YSSYGUY/Wikipedia]A Trigana Air ATR-42 plane on the tarmac [File: YSSYGUY/Wikipedia]

Indonesia's state search and rescue agency has reported that it has lost contact with an Indonesian aircraft.
In a tweet posted on Sunday, the National Agency Search and Rescue egency said the Trigana Air flight had 54 passengers on board. The plane was reported to be an ATR-42 model. 
The passengers include 44 adults, two children, three toddlers and five crew members

According to the tweet, the aircraft lost contact while flying over the remote eastern Papua region at 2:55pm local time.
The plane was scheduled to land at a small airport in Oksibil at around 3pm local time (06:00 GMT).
Oksibil is a remote town near the country's border with Papua New Guinea.
The weather was very bad in Papua at the time the plane was in the air.
The search operation has been suspended as night fell in the region and will resume on Monday morning..
The government said it is coordinating with other authorities to implement the search operation.
"We are not sure what happened to the plane yet and we are coordinating with local authorities," transport ministry spokesman JA Barata told the AFP news agency.
"The weather is currently very bad there, it is very dark and cloudy. It is not conducive for a search. The area is mountainous."
Small aircraft are commonly used for transport in remote, mountainous Papua, and bad weather has caused several accidents in recent years.
On Wednesday, a Cessna propeller plane operated by Indonesian company Komala Air crashed in Papua's Yahukimo district, killing one person and seriously injuring the five others on board.
Officials suspect that crash was caused by bad weather. 
Source;Al Jazeera.


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