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Indonesia Plane Crash News Update: All 54 On Board Dead; Search Resumes for Trigana Air


Search and rescue operations resume Monday for the Indonesian plane that crashed on a remote and mountainous area of Papua province in Indonesia.

All 54 on board the Trigana Air Service plane are feared to be dead. The search was called off Sunday because of bad weather.

The ATR 42-300 turboprop plane went missing Sunday and its wreckage has been found in the Oktabe district of Papua, CNN reports citing Indonesia’s Air Transportation Director General Suprasetyo.

Suprasetyo added villagers reported seeing the plane crashed into a mountain.

According to the official National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Twitter account, the aircraft was carrying 44 adult passengers, five crew, and five children and infants.

The flight took off from Sentani Airport in Jayapura, the capital of Papua province, at about 2:22 p.m. and was due to land in Oksibil at about 3:16 p.m. Officials said the plane lost contact with air traffic control at about 2:55 p.m.

CNN quoted Transportation Ministry spokesman J.A. Barata saying there was no indication that a distress call was made from the plane.

According to Reuters, Trigana Air has been banned to operate in European airspace since 2007. The European Commission banned carriers due to either safety standards concerns or insufficient supervision by the regulatory authorities in their country.

The Trigana Air crash is the latest in a string of aviation disasters in Southeast Asia.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished from radar on March 8, 2014 while heading to Beijing, China from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. All 239 on board were believed to be dead.

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crashed in the Java Sea on Dec. 28, 2014 while en route to Singapore from Surabaya, Indonesia. The plane was carrying 162 people on board.

In February, an ATR 72-600 aircraft of TransAsia Airways Corp. crashed into a river near Taipei, Taiwan soon after it took off.  In July last year, another ATR plane belonging to the same airline went down, Reuters added.

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