Indonesia passenger plane wreckage located in remote Papua

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The wreckage of an Indonesian plane which went missing with 54 people on board has been spotted in the remote western Papua region, officials say.

The Trigana Air flight lost contact at 14:55 local time (05:55 GMT) on Sunday as it flew from the provincial capital, Jayapura, to the town of Oksibil.

Indonesia’s transport minister said the aircraft had been found by local people in the Bintang highlands region.

A search plane has also now spotted suspected debris.

Indonesia’s postal office has told the BBC that the plane was carrying four bags containing cash, about 6.5 billion rupiah ($486,000; £300,000), for villagers living in remote places in Papua.

“Our colleagues carry those bags to be handed out directly to poor people over there,” said the head of Jayapura’s post office, Haryono, who goes by only his first name.

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