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Police plane with 13 on board missing in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities say a police airplane with 13 people on board has lost contact during a flight to the island of Batam near Singapore.

A police statement said the plane, with five crew and eight passengers, dropped out of contact mid-morning Saturday about 50 minutes after taking off from Bangka island off the southeast coast of Sumatra island.

A search and rescue effort is underway.