An Indonesian airliner with 54 people aboard went missing over Papua after losing contact with ground control. The flight, which carried 49 passengers and five crew members, was on a short flight from Jayapura to Oksibil in bad weather. Five children were listed on the manifest.
There was strong winds, fog, and heavy rain when the plane lost contact with ground control, only a few minutes away from its destination. No distress call went out. A plane was sent out to look, but had to return because of the weather conditions. Many planes have crashed in Papua and have never been found due to the mountains and heavy jungles. The search is to continue Monday morning.
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