Missing plane with 54 people on board located in Papua region, wreckage discovered

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JAKARTA, INDONESIA – An Indonesian domestic flight that went missing Sunday has been found.

Indonesia’s director general of air transportation says wreckage of the plane has been located in the Papua region.

Details of the crash site are limited.   Local media is reporting that residents discovered the wreckage late Sunday night.

The aerial search efforts for the plane had been called off until Monday morning due to nightfall.

The flight took off from Sentani Airport in Jayapura at 2:22 p.m. local time on Sunday. It was supposed to be a short, 50-minute flight. The Trigana Air Service flight was set to land in Oksibil at about 3:16 p.m. local time.

According to a tweet from Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, air traffic control lost contact with the flight about 33 minutes after it took off.

The ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane was carrying 44 adult passengers, five children and five crew members.

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