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UPDATE: Missing plane is found crashed into a moutain

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Indonesia's Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan speaks while Director General for Air Transportation Suprasetyo listens during a press conference in Jakarta
Indonesia's Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan speaks while Director General for Air Transportation Suprasetyo listens during a press conference in Jakarta

A plane that had been missing since early today has been found.

Indonesia transportation ministry officials said locals found the aircraft crashed in the Oktabe district.

The passenger plane was carrying 54 people when it lost contact during a flight in the eastern-most province of Papua.

The Trigana Air ATR 42 turboprop plane lost contact just before 3pm (7am Irish time) after taking off from Sentani airport in Papua's capital Jayapura on a flight to Oksibil, the agency said on Twitter.

The plane was carrying 44 adults, five children and five crew on the flight which was scheduled to take about 45 minutes, the agency said.

It had left Jayapura about half an hour before it disappeared, it added.

Transport ministry spokesman JA Barata confirmed the plane had lost contact and said it was supposed to arrive at Oksibil airport just after 3pm (local time).

"We are not sure what happened to the plane yet and we are co-ordinating with local authorities," he told AFP.

"The weather is currently very bad there, it's very dark and cloudy. It's not conducive for a search. The area is mountainous."