• September 24, 2022

Another Plane Goes Missing, 54 Passengers And Crew Feared To Be Dead

An Indonesian flight carrying 54 passengers and crew has gone missing over Papua.

The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) said the domestic Trigana Air Service was carrying 49 passengers – including five children – and five crew members.

The plane was flying between Sentani Airport Jayapura and Oksibil in Papua, a region of Indonesia, and is said to have lost contact with air traffic control.

BASARNAS chief Bambang Soelystyo is reported to have told the Reuters news agency: “We can’t confirm it has crashed. We can say contact has been lost with the plane.”

The agency launched a search but suspended the investigation a short time later because of ‘poor light’.

The agency tweeted: “Because it was night & visibility is limited we suspend search Trigana Air and we continue the search tomorrow morning.”

The 45-minute flight took off at around 6.10am UK time and had been due to land at 6.55am.

The area which the plane was due to fly over is a mountainous and remote part of the province – which is eight hours ahead of UK time.

Trigana airlines was banned from flying in European airspace by the European Commission in 2007 because of safety concerns.

The Aviations Safety Network database says the airline has had 14 serious incidents since it was launched in 1991.

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