A PAC 750 XL of Dimonim Air is reported missing on a flight between Tanahmerah Airport and Oksibil Airport, Papua, Indonesia. The flight should have a duration of 42 minutes but failed to arrive at Oksibil.
Search operations are being conducted. Some people in a village reported they heard loud sounds and an explosion.
There were two pilots and seven passengers aboard.
The aircraft made the first contact with Oksibil Tower at 05.11 UTC, then the ATC communicated to them the weather report . At 05.17 UTC PK-HVQ reported an overhead position at 7,000 feet. After the overhead position, communication between Oksibil Tower officers and the plane was immediately cut off.
Oksibil Tower officials also were unable to communicate outside the Oksibil area using cell phones due to signal conditions.
Local police chief Lt. Col. Michael Mumbunan said the plane with two pilots and seven passengers aboard lost contact after communicating with the control tower in Oksibil just before it was due to land Saturday afternoon.
He said a search was underway, but it would take rescuers hours to arrive at a suspected crash site where villagers reported they heard loud sounds and an explosion.