Residents of an Indonesian village say they saw a plane crash into a mountain. That word comes after an Indonesian airliner carrying 54 people lost contact with ground control during a short flight in bad weather in the mountainous province of Papua.
A search was suspended due to darkness and weather. Scores of rescuers are heading to the remote area to resume the search at daybreak. An air search will resume then as well.
A Transportation Ministry spokesman says a plane belonging to Trigana Air Service lost contact 33 minutes after taking off from Papua's provincial capital, Jayapura, headed to the Papua city of Oksibil.
He says the ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane was carrying 49 passengers and five crew members. Local media reports said all the passengers are Indonesians.
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