Plane goes missing in Indonesia

The plane lost radio contact about 30 minutes before it was expected to land.

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JOHANNESBURG - A passenger plane carrying 10 people has been reported missing in Eastern Indonesia.

The transportation ministry says the Twin Otter plane lost contact earlier today while on a flight in the South Sulawesi province.

The Associated Press is reporting the aircraft was carrying three crew and seven passengers, including three children.

The plane lost radio contact about 30 minutes before it was expected to land in Makassar, the provincial capital.

Indonesian authorities have launched a search for an Aviastar airline plane.

Indonesia has a patchy aviation safety record and has had three major air crashes over the past year, including an Airasia flight that went down in the sea on a flight from Bali to Singapore, killing all 162 people aboard.