TOKYO, August 16. /TASS/. Indonesian rescuers have spotted fragments of a passenger plane that went missing earlier on Sunday, Detik.com quoted a spokesman for Indonesia’s transport ministry.
According to preliminary data, the plane rammed a mountain some 25 kilometers off the city of Oskibil, where it was heading from Jayapura, Papua province.
Radio contact with a Trigana Air Service ATR-42-300 plane was lost on Sunday 30 minutes after the takeoff. According to preliminary information, there were 49 passengers, including five children, and five crew members onboard the plane.
Sectoral sources said the plane had been operated for about 30 years. Trigana Air Service was set up in 1991. It is headquartered in Jakarta. Its fleet consists of 15 passenger planes, including seven ATR 42-300, three ATR 72-200 and four Boeing 737-400, and several cargo planes. The company make only domestic flights.