Jakarta: An Indonesian airliner carrying 54 people has lost contact over the country's easternmost province of Papua, an official said today.
Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata said a plane belonging to Trigana Air Service lost contact this afternoon while flying from Papua's provincial capital, Jayapura, to the Papua city of Oksibil.
He said the ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane was carrying 49 passengers and five crew members.
He said the plane lost contact 33 minutes after taking off.
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