ALEX HEINKE reports.
Indonesia’s transport ministry says it has received reports that the wreckage of a missing plane carrying 54 people has been found by locals in a remote region of Papua.
The Trigana Air flight left Papua’s capital Jayapura yesterday afternoon, bound for Oksibil, the capital of a remote mountainous region near Papua New Guinea.
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The plane lost contact with air traffic controllers about 10 minutes short of its destination.
Last night transport minister Ignasius Jonan and ministry officials told reporters that locals had reported seeing the plane hit a mountain.
Search and rescue teams were preparing to scour mountainous, heavily forested terrain in rugged eastern Indonesia.
Heavy cloud initially delayed plans for an aerial survey to locate the plane.