"It is true that there has been an incident, and a joint SAR team is currently searching (for the plane)," Chief of the Mimika District Police Adjunct Senior Commissioner I Gede Putra stated when contacted from Jayapura on Thursday.
The plane, piloted by Dayle Peter, carried six passengers from Duma, Paniai District, he remarked.
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The Susi Air plane took off from Timika en route to Duma at 5:34 a.m. local time on Thursday. The plane was scheduled to arrive back in Timika at 8:00 a.m. local time. However, it lost contact with air control authorities at 8:20. a.m. local time.
"However, there is no immediate report on the position (of the plane) and the condition of its passengers," he stated.
The six passengers are identified as Merina Dimpau, Fickien Dimpau, Philipus Dimpau, Leo Dimpau, Seruwarkis Diabilu, and Lukas Dimbau.
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