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Crash fears grow as plane goes missing in storm JAKARTA - AN Indonesian passenger plane carrying 102 people was feared to have crashed after it disappeared in stormy weather yesterday. Rescue teams were sent to search an area where military aviation officials said the Boeing 737-400 may have crashed. The transport minister, Hatta Radjasa, said a distress signal was picked up over Sulawesi, a major island in the Indonesian archipelago, about 500 miles from the Adam Air flight's destination. It was unknown if the aircraft disappeared over sea or land.

Eddy Suyanto, the military airport chief in South Sulawesi province, said the final transmissions indicated that the plane "likely had an accident or a crash". Search parties in a plane and five helicopters would set out to two possible locations at dawn today, he said. Air traffic controllers lost contact with flight KI-574 on its two-hour flight from East Java to Manado, on Sulawesi's northern tip. The plane had enough fuel for four hours, but was still missing more than eight hours after its scheduled arrival.

The 17-year-old jet was carrying six crew and 96 passengers, including 11 children. The national aviation chief, Ichsan Tatang, refused to speculate about the cause of the incident, but stressed that it was flying in "very bad weather". In the North Sulawesi capital, Manado, hundreds of people gathered at the airport seeking information about their missing relatives.

Justin Tumurang, 25, due to meet her twin sister, said: "Being a twin, we share almost every feeling. I felt something was not right, and it grew worse. Now I feel pain."


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Posted in General @ 02 January 2007 01:53 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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