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Old 10-03-2015, 06:00 PM
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Another Indonesian Aircraft Missing.

A search is underway for a small plane that went missing in Indonesia yesterday, with three children among 10 passengers feared dead.

The plane, operated by local airline Aviastar Mandiri, lost radio contact early into a short flight across South Sulwesi about 2.30pm local time (4.30pm AEST).

Rescue efforts were due to begin today, according to the chief of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, Bambang Sulistyo.

The airline has released a list of the seven passengers and three crew members on board, who are thought to be Indonesian nationals.


The airline tweeted this flight list.

A child and two infants are included on the list.



The missing plane is a Twin Otter DHC-6. (Aviastar)

Yesterday, Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation confirmed the plane was missing.

“Based on the information that we received, Aviastar aircraft with no registration PK-BRM-Makassar route Masamba experiencing lost contact,” the ministry tweeted.

The plane was due to land in the region’s capital of Makassar at 3.39pm, 70 minutes after take-off, the ministry confirmed.


The plane took off from Masamba and was due to land in Makassar.

However, it lost contact early into the flight, with its last contact recorded just eight minutes into the flight, at 2.36pm.

"Pray for these Aviastar Masamba-Makassar lost contact, hopefully quickly found,” the ministry tweeted.

Indonesia has a poor aviation safety record and has suffered major disasters in recent months, including a crash in Oksibil Papua in August that killed all 54 people onboard.

Planes operated by local airline Susi Air also crashed in September 2011, November 2011 and April 2012.

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SEARCHERS have detected a signal from the mobile phone belonging to the pilot of a small plane missing in eastern Indonesia with 10 people, including children, on board.
The DHC-6 Twin Otter operated by domestic airline Aviastar lost contact with air traffic control on Friday, 11 minutes after takeoff in good weather from the town of Masamba in South Sulawesi province.
“The search is focusing on the location where the signal was detected,” Aviastar chairman Sugeng Triyono was quoted as saying.
The plane bound for the provincial capital Makassar was carrying three crew members and seven passengers, including three children. Two were babies. No distress signal was received.
Four aircraft were deployed in the search, said Petrus Budi Prasetyo, commercial general manager for the airline.
Ahmad Munir, head of the airport authority in Makassar, said satellite data showed the aircraft’s last known position was about 32 kilometres from Masamba.
Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata told BBC Indonesia that the Aviastar plane lost contact with air traffic control about seven minutes after take off.

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MAKASSAR, Indonesia -- Indonesian rescuers said Monday they have found the wreckage of a small plane carrying 10 people that went missing on a domestic flight three days ago.

The DHC-6 Twin Otter plane lost contact with air traffic controllers 11 minutes after taking off in good weather Friday from Masamba in South Sulawesi province.

National Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo said the wreckage was found Monday in a forest in a mountainous area of Luwu District.


The turboprop plane, owned by the airline Aviastar Mandiri, was on a flight to Makassar, the provincial capital, carrying three crew members and seven passengers, including three children. No distress signal was received.

"The plane has been discovered along with a number of victims," Soelistyo said.

Luwu police chief Lt. Col. Adex Yudiswan, who led a 38-member team that reached the crash site near Gamaru village, said the wreckage was scattered and some parts were still burning.

"We found three bodies - a child and two adults, and all were burnt," Yudisman told private TVOne station in an interview. "Because of the dusk, we will return tomorrow to search for other victims and as well as the black boxes."

Six aircraft and four patrol boats had been searching for a plane, focusing on the sea between the two southern peninsulas of Sulawesi Island.

Search efforts were hindered over the weekend by bad weather and rough terrain, Soelistyo said.

The 1981 Canadian-made plane was acquired by Aviastar in January 2014 and underwent its most recent maintenance on Sept. 15.

Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago nation of about 250 million people, has been plagued by transportation accidents in recent years, including plane and train crashes and ferry sinkings. It is one of Asia's most rapidly expanding airline markets, but is struggling to obtain qualified pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers and modern airport technology.

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Re: Another Indonesian Aircraft Missing.

Glad they found it. But I'm never flying in anything from Indonesia.

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Agreed!

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