Indonesian plane with 54 on board crashed in remote Papua region

Trigana Plane Crash -- A Trigana plane carrying 54 people reportedly crashed in a remote Papua region, news reported early Monday.

The aircraft first lost contact with air traffic control Sunday, half an hour after it took off from Papua’s capital Jayapura on a flight to Oksibil.

According to Transport ministry spokesman J.A. Barata, the details about the incident are still unclear but his office is now coordinating with the local authorities.

"We are not sure what happened to the plane yet and we are coordinating with local authorities", Barata told AFP.

"The weather is currently very bad there, it’s very dark and cloudy. It’s not conducive for a search. The area is mountainous.", the spokesman added.

In a follow up report posted on Sydney Morning Herald, the plane has already been found by local villagers.

There are no accounts yet regarding any survivors but search and rescue teams will be deployed to the site at the early morning of Monday.

Two eight-member teams will be leaving Jayapura (6AM AEST), Sydney Morning Herald wrote.

While Indonesia is somewhat holding a "poor aviation safety record", this new accident is surely an additional blow to the country's aviation industry.

Trigana airline has been on the EU list of banned carriers since 2007, The Guardian said.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Manila Bulletin

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