Plane missing in Indonesia's Papua

Search begins after aircraft carrying 16 passengers and crew is reported missing.

    The aircraft is believed to have crashed but no wreckage has been seen [Reuters]

    "We're focusing our search on the border between Kerom and Pegunungan Bintang istricts... it's a mountainous, jungly region," Suwandi Miharja, the air force commander overseeing the search, told the AFP news agency.

    "They're flying beneath the clouds. The weather is unfriendly... foggy and rainy."

    Lost contact

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     Indonesia air disasters

    Ground controllers lost contact with the plane as it flew over densely forested and mountainous area.

    Indonesia has suffered a series of air disasters in recent years, affecting both its commercial and military aircraft.

    Last month, the European Union removed four Indonesian airlines - flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, Mandala, Airfast and Premiair - off its blacklist of banned carriers, citing safety improvements.

    However, the ban remains in place for all other Indonesian airlines.

    Air travel is one of the few options for long-distance travel in sparsely-populated Papua and accidents are relatively common.

    In the past some aircraft thought to have crashed in the region's dense jungle have never been found.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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