[UPDATED] Indonesia’s Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan has confirmed a Jakarta-based Trigana Air Service ATR 42-300, carrying 49 passengers and five crew, has crashed. It was reported missing Sunday afternoon local time. The aircraft was on a domestic flight between Jayapura-Sentani Airport and Oksibil Airport in Indonesia.
According to the Flight Safety Foundation’s Aviation Safety Network (ASN), the Ministry of Transport has stated “locals reported the aircraft crashed into Mount Tangok, Okbape District, but there has been no visual confirmation.” Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency, BASARNAS, reported the search “has been suspended due to darkness and limited visibility. The search will continue in the morning (21:00 UTC, Aug. 16).”
ASN said the Trigana Air Service flight departed Jayapura at 14:21 LT (05:21 UTC) and was expected to arrive at Oksibil at 15:16 LT (06:16 UTC). Contact was lost at 14:55 LT (05:55 UTC).
ATR said in a statement it “acknowledges the reported loss of contact of flight TGN267 Trigana Air Service and is standing by to support the relevant aviation authorities.”