For a second day, searchers failed to locate a plane with 10 people on board that went missing in eastern Indonesia, officials said Sunday. The search for the DHC-5 Twin Otter turboprop plane, owned by the Aviastar Mandiri airline, was again hindered by bad weather and rough terrain, said Henry Bambang Soelistyo, the head of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency.
The plane lost contact with air traffic controllers 11 minutes after taking off in good weather Friday from Masamba in South Sulawesi province. It was on a routine flight to Makassar, the provincial capital, carrying three crew members and seven passengers, including three children. No distress signal was received. “Today’s search has not yet produced any result as hopeded, although we have expanded the search area,” Mr Soelistyo said. “I myself have checked locations reported by the locals, but we found nothing.” Two aircraft and two helicopters combed areas around the location where the missing plane was believed to have made the last contact and areas where villagers allegedly heard or spotted the plane before it went missing, said Ivan Ahmad Titus, the agency’s operation director.