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Indonesian Passenger Plane Missing in Papua Region

© Flickr / Tejo Damai SantosoA view from a plane that is taking off of Sentani Airport, Papua
A view from a plane that is taking off of Sentani Airport, Papua - Sputnik International
An Indonesian aircraft with 54 on board disappeared over eastern Papua province on Sunday, the Indonesian search and rescue said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The plane belonging to Trigana Air Service lost contact with air traffic control when it was en route from Sentani Airport to Oksibil, both located on the island of New Guinea, National Search and Rescue (SAR) Agency wrote on its Twitter account.

There are 54 people, including five children, aboard, the agancy said. Contact was lost with the airplane at 2:55 p.m. local time (7:55 GMT), according to the agency.

The search for the plane is ongoing, the agency said in another tweet.

Meanwhile, a source in one of the province's airlines told RIA Novosti that the plane had crashed in a collision with a mountain killing everyone on board.

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The incident comes as the Indonesian authorities promised to review the country’s aging air force in July following a military plane crash.

In July, a military transport plane Hercules C-130B crashed crashed into a residential district in the southwestern part of Medan, the capital of the Indonesian province of North Sumatra, about two minutes after it took-off, killing more than 100 people.

In December 2014, AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, flying from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, lost contact with air traffic control and crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 162 people on board.

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