(USATODAY) — A crash site was found Sunday after an Indonesian airliner with 54 people aboard lost contact with air traffic control over a remote, mountainous area in bad weather, Indonesian officials said.
Air Transportation Director General Suprasetyo confirmed the plane was found by villagers who said it crashed into a mountain in Papua, the nation's largest and most eastern province. The fate of the 49 passengers — including five children — and crew of five was not immediately known, he said.
"Residents provided information that the aircraft crashed into Tangok mountain," Suprasetyo said.
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The crash was third catastrophe for the Southeast Asian nation's beleaguered air transportation system in less than a year.