Plane goes missing over Indonesia
UPDATE: 6:19PM EST - Friday June 27th
The plane may have been sighted, but it is still not known whether there are any survivors.
Police and military teams scoured dense jungle today in search of an Indonesian air force plane that went missing with five crew and 13 passengers, including an Indian, a military spokesman said.
The 1984 Casa-212 military aircraft disappeared during an aerial surveillance mission yesterday after taking off from an airstrip just east of the capital, Jakarta, air force spokesman Mr Chaeruddin Ray said.
An Indian, Singaporean and Briton working for Singaore-based company Credent Technology were the three foreigners on the flight testing new camera equipment, he said.
An Indonesian military plane has gone missing on a flight from Jakarta to West Jarva.
18 people are no board, including three foreigners.
It was flying from the capital to Bogor on Thursday, carrying 12 military personnel and six civilians.
The foreigners are reported to be a Briton, an Indian and a Singaporean.
The Casa-212 aircraft was due to test a digital mapping camera, but an air force spokesman said it was assumed it had crashed.
The air force said a search was under way in the Salak Mountain region, about 90km (60 miles south) of Jakarta.
But "nothing has been found yet", said air force spokesman Chaeruddin Ray.
More Updates :Indonesia air force confirms Briton on missing plane
A Briton is among 18 people who went missing when a military transport plane disappeared over thick jungle in West Java, Indonesian officials said Friday. The Casa C-212 transport plane disappeared from radar screens at 3:03 pm (0803 GMT) on Thursday afternoon around Mount Salak about 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Jakarta, rescue coordinator Hadi Tugiman added.
"We deployed three air force planes in the search today and some 40 rescuers from the military and police," he said.
He said dense jungles and mountainous terrain were hampering the search.
"The jungle is quite thick and the weather is so foggy that it's making the search difficult."
Air Force spokesman Chaeruddin Ray said: "Twelve people are from the military and six are civilians including three foreign nationals from Britain, India and Singapore."
He said the plane was testing digital mapping equipment on a short flight from a Jakarta air base when it disappeared.
The foreigners reportedly worked for Credent Technology offering services in high-resolution satellite imagery and laser scanning for mapping.
No wreckage has been found but local police said residents had heard an explosion.
"People living around the Mount Salak area saw a plane flying on Thursday and then they heard sounds of an explosion," one police officer in the region said.
One witness, identified only as 'Asep', told Okezone news website: "I saw a plane flying low and on the bottom part of the plane I saw fire, then shortly after I heard the sound of thunder."
Indonesia has one of the world's worst aviation safety records following a string of deadly disasters in recent years. The archipelago relies heavily on air as well as sea links.