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Passenger airplane missing with 10 people on board in eastern Indonesia

A man inspect a white board with details about a plane that went missing on Sulawesi Island , at the crisis center at Sultan Hasanuddin airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata said a plane lost contact 11 minutes after taking off in good weather from Masamba in South Sulawesi province. No distress signal was received.  (AP Photo/Masyudi S. Firmansyah)

A man inspect a white board with details about a plane that went missing on Sulawesi Island , at the crisis center at Sultan Hasanuddin airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata said a plane lost contact 11 minutes after taking off in good weather from Masamba in South Sulawesi province. No distress signal was received. (AP Photo/Masyudi S. Firmansyah)  (The Associated Press)

An official says a passenger plane carrying 10 people has been reported missing in eastern Indonesia.

Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata said the Twin Otter plane lost contact Friday while on a flight in South Sulawesi province.

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

It was carrying three crew and seven passengers, including three children, from Masamba in the same province.

A rescue team has been sent to search for the plane, owned by the private Aviastar Mandiri airline.

Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago of nearly 250 million people, has been plagued by transportation accidents in recent years, including plane and train crashes and ferry sinkings.