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Missing Indonesian plane was transporting $470 000 in cash

17 August 2015, 10:42

Jayapura - An Indonesian passenger plane that crashed at the weekend in Papua was transporting about 6.5 billion rupiah ($470 000) in cash to distribute to poor families in the eastern province, a post office official said Monday.

"Four of our personnel were escorting the funds," said Haryono, the head of Jayapura post office, who goes by one name. The money was in four bags, he added.

The plane operated by Indonesian carrier Trigana Air lost contact with air traffic control just before 3:00 pm (0600 GMT) Sunday after taking off from Jayapura, the capital of Papua province.

The ATR 42-300 twin-turboprop plane was carrying 44 adult passengers, five children and five crew on the flight which was scheduled to take about 45 minutes.

But the plane disappeared about 10 minutes before reaching its destination Oksibil, a remote settlement in the mountains south of Jayapura, shortly after it asked permission to start descending to land.

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