Indonesian Aircraft Loses Contact In Papua Region

Jakarta – Trigana Air flight with 54 people on board lost contact over the remote eastern Papua region.


Indonesia’s state search and rescue agency has reported that it lost contact with an Indonesian aircraft.


In a tweet posted on Sunday, Bandan SAR Nasional or National Agency Search and Rescue said that the Trigana Air flight had 54 passengers on board.


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 flying between Jayapura’s Sentani Airport and Oksibil, due south of Jayapura, the capital of Papua province.


The government said it is coordinating with other authorities to implement a search operation.


An AirAsia passenger jet crashed en route from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore last December, killing all 162 people on board.


The crash prompted the government to introduce regulations aimed at improving safety.


Indonesia’s president promised a review of the ageing air force fleet in July after a military transport plane crashed in the north of the country, killing 130 people, including 110 passengers and 13 crew members.

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