Indonesian Aircraft Goes Missing Over Papua 33 Minutes After Take Off With 54 On Board

A search and rescue operation was launched immediately, but a plane sent to look for the missing aircraft returned shortly due to bad weather and low visibility, as night fell. The suspended search operation will resume on Monday morning. Papua is largely covered with dense jungle and mountains, where weather is very unpredictable.


Trigana Air director of operations Beni Sumaryanto told AFP.

“It (weather) can suddenly turn foggy, dark and windy without warning.We strongly suspect it’s a weather issue. It is not overcapacity, as the plane could take 50 passengers.”

Indonesia’s flights have suffered two major incidents in the past nine months, raising questions on  their safety. Last December, an AirAsia passenger jet crashed on its way from Surabaya to Singapore, killing 162 people.


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