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Wreckage of missing plane found

The  wreckage of the Indonesian twin-turboprop aircraft carrying 54 people, which lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday in the remote, forested eastern Papua region, has been found.

According to Yahoo News, "Officials said the wreckage was spotted about 12 kilometers (7 miles) from Oksibil, and Henry Bambang Soelistyo, the chief of the National Search and Rescue Agency, said search and rescue teams were preparing to try to reach the crash site by air and foot."

The leader of the rescue operation team, Soelistyo  said "Smoke was still billowing from the wreckage when it was spotted by a plane search."

He also added that "bad weather and rugged terrain were hampering efforts to reach the wreckage located in a mountainous area at an altitude of 2,600 meters (about 8,500 feet)."

The President of Indonesia, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called "for a moment of silence and pray for the crew and passengers ahead of our independence anniversary."

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