Child among nine missing after plane disappears prior to landing in Indonesia

The aircraft was on a flight from Tanah Merah to Oksibil. Source Google MapsMore

The plane, owned by private charter Dimonim Air, had been travelling from Tanah Merah, about 40 minutes flight south, to Oksibil in the province of Papua when it went down.

The Swiss-made Pilatus aircraft crashed in a mountainous area near Oksibil Airport in Papua's Pegunungan Bintang Regency, said Col Binsar Sianiar, the local military commander.

The plane with two pilots and seven passengers lost contact after communicating with the control tower in Oksibil just before it was due to land Saturday afternoon, said local police chief Lt. Col. Michael Mumbunan.

The plane departed from Tanah Merah airport in Boven Digul on Saturday at 1:42 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Oksibil airport at 2:20 p.m.

A list of crew and passengers showed that one of the passengers was a child. The cause of the crash was not clear.

According to news agency AFP, nearby villagers heard a "loud roar followed by an explosion".

In August 2015, a commercial passenger aircraft operated by Indonesian carrier Trigana crashed in Papua due to bad weather, killing all 54 people on board.

Search and rescue teams walked two hours to reach the crash site and were still recovering the bodies late morning.

Planes are one of the only ways to get around Papua province, a remote region which is extremely hard to navigate.

Papua military spokesman Lieutenant colonel Dax Sianturi said an investigation would be carried out but 'at the moment the cause of the crash has not been confirmed'.

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