Indonesian airliner with 54 aboard believed crashed in Papua
UPDATE 10:00 EST: The Indonesian Transportation Ministry says the plane is believed to have crashed into a mountanous region in the district of Papua, based on reports from locals. Officials have yet to reach the crash site.
JAKARTA, Indonesia — An Indonesian airliner carrying 54 people was missing Sunday after losing contact with ground control during a short flight in bad weather in the country’s mountainous easternmost province of Papua, officials said. A search for the plane was suspended and will resume Monday morning.
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. Read more…