Search resumes

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN)— Search and
rescue teams resumed their efforts
Monday after an Indonesian airliner
crashed with 54 people on board.
Indonesia’s director general of air
transportation, Suprasetyo, said the
Trigana Air Service plane that went
missing Sunday has been found in the
Oktabe district of Papua province.
Details are still being verified,
Suprasetyo said, but villagers reported
seeing the plane crash into a
Search and rescue teams that
suspended their efforts will conduct
aerial and ground searches to confirm
the villagers’ reports, he said.
The plane was carrying 44 adult
passengers, five children and five crew
members. The search, which involved
forested and mountainous terrain, was
called off Sunday because weather
and lack of light made an already
dangerous landscape more
Six aircraft are being sent to help with
the search, according to Raymond
Konstantin, a local officer with the
nation’s search and rescue agency,
who confirmed that the search
resumed Monday.
The domestic flight lost contact with
air traffic control in Papua province
Sunday afternoon, the agency said on
The flight left Sentani Airport in
Jayapura at 2:22 p.m. and was
scheduled to land in Oksibil at about
3:16 p.m., officials said.
The plane lost contact at about 2:55
p.m., Transportation Ministry
spokesman J.A. Barata told CNN
Barata said there was no indication
that a distress call was made from the
plane. Officials received reports
Sunday afternoon that villagers had
seen the plane go down, he said.
Barata said he would be flying from
Jakarta to Papua along with
investigators and search and rescue
Thunderstorms in the
There are many possible reasons for
the apparent lack of a distress call,
CNN aviation analyst Mary Schiavo
said. It could indicate that flight crew
members were too busy dealing with
whatever situation arose to have time
to send one, or that they simply didn’t
realize they were in trouble.
Officials said the weather was clear
when the plane took off in Jayapura,
but CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera
said there were some thunderstorms
over a mountainous area in the flight
The weather could get worse in the
coming days, possibly impeding
rescue efforts in an area with
mountain peaks as high as 3
kilometers (10,000 feet).
“The terrain is going to be an issue as
well, as we have some pretty steep
slopes here,” Cabrera said.
Trigana banned from flying
in Europe
The Trigana Air Service plane is at
least the third aircraft to go missing in
Asia in the the past 18 months.
On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines
Flight 370 vanished from radar while
en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
to Beijing. A chunk of the plane
recently washed up on Reunion Island
in the Indian Ocean, but authorities are
still looking for the bulk of the plane.
MH370 had 239 people on board.
And on December 28, 2014, AirAsia
Flight QZ8501 disappeared while
headed from Surabaya, Indonesia, to
Singapore. That plane, which had 162
people on board, was later found in the
Java Sea.
Trigana Air Service is one of a large
number of airlines banned from
operating in European airspace
“because they are found to be unsafe
and/or they are not sufficiently
overseen by their authorities,”
according to the European
Commission. It has been on the list
since 2007.

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