An Indionesian plane carrying 13 people on board has gone missing in mid-air near the island of Batam near Singapore, authorities said. The plane with five crew members and 8 people on board lost its contact about 50 minutes after taking off from Bangka island off the southeast coast of Sumatra island, a police statement said. The National Search and Rescue Agency has since launched a rescue operation. The NSRA chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo said rescuers were searching seas between Mensanak and Sebangka islands. He said villagers had found a seat and a bag containing a cellphone and police documents.
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