Chief of the Intan Jaya District Police Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sandi Sultan said a joint team of Search and Rescue (SAR) workers are conducting a search for the missing aircraft with flight number PK OTW.
The plane which carried building materials departed from Nabire at 06.40 a,m. and lost contact at 07:37 a.m. local time.
The Sugapa Air navigation authority made last contact with the pilot of the ill-fated plane at 07.30 a.m.
All those on board were pilot Mirza, co-pilot Fajar and technician.
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The Transportation Ministry confirmed that Rimbun Air Cargo Twin Otter plane with flight number 300 PK-OTW lost contact in Intan Jaya district.
"We received information that Rimbun Air plane with flight number PK-OTW lost contact in Sugapa Sub-district, Intan Jaya District, at 07.37 a.m. local time on Wednesday (Sept 15, 2021)," spokesperson for the Transportation Ministry Adita Irawati said in a written statement monitored on Wednesday.
Irawati said the plane which carried building materials took off from Nabire District at 06.40 a.m. local time en route to Intan Jaya District.
The Sugapa air navigation authority made last contact with the pilot at 07:30 a.m. before the plane was missing.
Since then, the pilot cannot be contacted.
She said the Merauke Airport Authority is coordinating with security agency and the National Search and Rescue Board (BASARNAS) in conducting a search for the missing plane.
“We will report further developments in the very first chance,” she added.
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