An Indonesian twin-turboprop aircraft with 54 people on board has lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday afternoon. According to the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS), the aircraft was a short-haul ATR 42-300 airliner belonging to Trigana Air Service and built in France and Italy.
The plane was flying between Jayapura's Sentani Airport and Oksibil, due south of Jayapura, the capital of Papua province.
Trigana flight TGN267 with its pilot Captain Hasanuddin was scheduled to arrive at Oksibil at 15.15 CET, but no one has landed. Flight usually lasts 55 minutes.
Head of the Police Public Relations area of Papua, Commissioner Patrige, in Jayapura, said on Sunday that it has been reported plane carrying 49 passengers that fly from Jayapura started at 14:22 CEST it has yet to arrive at Oksibil. Pilot Captain Hasanudin Aryadin accompanied by co-pilot and mechanic Mario cabin crew, flight attendants and Dita Ika, so Patrige.
Trigana has been on the EU blacklist of banned carriers since 2007. Airlines on the list are barred from operating in European airspace due to either concerns about its safety standards, or concerns about the regulatory environment in its country of registration.