54 feared dead after wreckage of missing Indonesian plane found in mountains

INDONESIA (Next Media) – An Indonesian plane with 54 people on board that went missing on Sunday was found to have crashed in a mountainous region in Ok Bape district of Papua province. No survivors have yet been reported.

The Trigana airlines plane took off from Jayapura at 2:22 p.m. and was scheduled to land in Oksibil at 3:16 p.m.. The aircraft was carrying five crew and 49 passengers, including five children, an Indonesian government official said to Reuters.

The plane, traveling in heavy rain, strong winds and fog, lost contact at around 2:55 p.m., said Susanto, the head of Papua’s search and rescue agency.

After learning about the missing plane, Trigana airlines sent out another plane on the same flight path to search for the aircraft, however, it had to turn back due to bad weather, said Beni Sumaryanto, Trigana Air Operations Director.

Residents reported seeing the twin turboprop plane crashed into Tangok mountain in Ok Bape district, just 15 miles west of Oksibil.

“The latest information is that the Trigana aircraft that lost contact has been found at Camp 3, Ok Bape district in the Bintang Mountains regency,” Air Transportation Director General Suprasetyo told reporters.”Residents provided information that the aircraft crashed into Tangok mountain.”

Rescue efforts will resume on Monday morning. Trigana Air Services has been banned from operating in European airspace since 2007 because of its poor safety record.

SOURCES: Reuters, Fox News, CNN

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