Trigana Air Service Plane Goes Missing Over Papua

Credit: Morguefile.com

Credit: Morguefile.com

According to officials, an Indonesian aircraft with 54 people on board went missing on Sunday over the region of Papua.

Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency, BASARNAS, had seen “zero outcome” from the search efforts.

The aircraft carried 44 adults, five children and five crew members when it went missing, and they are all believed to be Indonesian.

The flight took off from Sentani Airport in Papua after 2 p.m. local time (1 a.m. ET) to the city of Oksibil. The flight should have lasted less than an hour.

Conflicting reports emerged over when and how the plane was last contacted. One BASARNAS official reported that the airliner lost contact at 2:55 p.m. — before it was due to arrive, whereas another BASARNAS search and rescue officer reported that air traffic control said the plane last made contact at 3:21 local time — after it was due on the ground — and that it was unable to land due to poor visibility.

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