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Contact lost with Trigana ATR over Papua

Indonesian search and rescue authorities are hunting for an ATR 42-300 turboprop which has lost contact during a regional service in Papua.

The country’s rescue agency Basarnas states that the Trigana Air aircraft had been operating between Sentani and Oksibil when contact was lost at 14:55 local time.

It is overdue for its arrival at Oksibil, it adds.

Basarnas says the turboprop – registered PK-YRN, a 1988 airframe – had been transporting 54 occupants including five crew members.

It adds that a search operation is under way for the aircraft, which had departed Sentani some 35min before its disappearance.

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