Aviastar aircraft goes missing in South Sulawesi

Aviastar aircraft goes missing in South Sulawesi

Similar aircraft with the missing one belongs to the Aviastar. This one is de Havilland Canada-6 400's Viking Air. (FOTO ANTARA/Eric Ireng)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A Twin Otter aircraft belonging to Aviastar airline lost contact en route from Masamba to Makassar, South Sulawesi, at 2:36 pm Central Indonesia Time (WITA), on Friday, an official stated.

"An Aviastar aircraft, bearing registration number PK-BRM, went missing," Julius Andravida Barata, a spokesman of the Transportation Ministry, stated while confirming about the incident. 

Type of the missing aircraft is de Havilland Canada-6 Twin Otter. 

The ill-fated aircraft went missing during its flight from Masamba at 2:29 p.m. local time and was scheduled to arrive at the Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi, at 3:39 p.m. local time.

"Search efforts are still ongoing," Barata added.

(T.SYS/C/KR-BSR/C/H-YH) 02-10-2015 18:45:02