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An ATR42-300 aircraft operated by Trigana Air as Flight 267 has gone missing near Papua, according to various reports. The twin turboprop was said to be carrying 54 people and lost contact with air traffic controllers about 30 minutes after taking off from Jayapura in Papua. The flight was headed for Oksibil, also in Papua.

Some reports are indicating that Flight 267 crashed into a mountain, with local villagers witnessing a low-flying aircraft plunge into terrain in the midst of inclement weather. There are currently no reports of any survivors, or if anyone on the ground was injured during the course of the crash. [UPDATE: Wreckage of the aircraft has been located.]


The aircraft involved in the incident, registration PK-YRN, previously served Trans States Airlines prior to joining Trigana Air’s fleet in 2005. Unfortunately, Indonesia’s Trigana Air has lost several aircraft in its history and as a result, is blacklisted from operating anywhere in European airspace.

The ATR42-300 is a short haul regional airliner, is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW 120 engines and is flown by a variety of civil and government operators.

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