Passenger plane carrying 10 people including three children is missing over Indonesia

epa04885857 (FILE) A file picture dated 10 January 2015 shows a plane of the Indonesian domestic airline Trigana taking off at Iskandar Military Airport in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia. According to media reports on 16 August 2015, a plane belonging to the airline has gone missing over Papua. 54 people are believed to be on board.  EPA/BAGUS INDAHONO *** Local Caption *** 51729264

A passenger plane carrying 10 people has gone missing in Indonesia.

The country’s Aviastar airline said contact had been lost with the Twin Otter small aircraft travelling between Masamba and Makassar on Friday.

Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata said the plane lost radio contact about 30 minutes before it was expected to land in the provincial capital.

Indonesia has been plagued by transportation accidents in recent years, including plane and train crashes and ferry sinkings.

It is one of Asia’s most rapidly expanding airline markets, but is struggling to obtain qualified pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers and updated airport technology.

The crash comes 18 months after Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 went missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

A wing from the aircraft was discovered on a remote Indian Ocean late this summer but the fate of the doomed jet has never been confirmed.

Malaysia Airlines was hit by another disaster in July last year when a Boeing-777 carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew was shot down near the Ukraine-Russia border.

Credit: mailonline.com