- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 16, 2015

An Indonesian airliner carrying 49 passengers and 5 crew crashed in the country’s easternmost mountainous region in the province of Papua, according to a government official. 

“The latest information is that the Trigana aircraft that lost contact has been found at Camp 3, Ok Bape district in the Bintang Mountains regency,” Air Transportation Director General Suprasetyo told reporters, according to Reuters. “Residents provided information that the aircraft crashed into Tangok mountain.”

The ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane disappeared Sunday, losing contact with ground control while on a short flight from Papua’s capital, Jayapura, to the Papua city of Oksibil, said Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata, reports Fox News. Mr. Barata said that the pilot did not make a distress call during the 42-minute flight, which went down around 15 minutes from Oksibil.

Mr. Barata said rescue crews would head to the site early Monday, reports Agence France-Presse. 

The airline did not release a passenger manifest, but reports are that all 49 passengers were Indonesian. 

There was no word on the possibility of survivors.

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