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Papua residents say they have found crashed plane: official


crashed-planeVillagers in eastern Indonesia’s Papua say that a plane which went missing in the province Sunday with 54 people aboard has crashed, an official said Sunday.

“The plane has been found (by villagers). According to residents, the flight had crashed into a mountain. Verification is still in process,” said the transport ministry’s director‎-general of air transportation, Suprasetyo, who goes by one name.

The Trigana Air plane disappeared earlier Sunday  during a short flight from Papua’s capital Jayapura to a remote settlement in the mountains to the south.

The ATR 42-300 turboprop was carrying 49 passengers, including five children, and five crew.

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