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1/2/07-JAKARTA, Indonesia

Lost Plane Discovery Proves False

A Boeing 737 similar to the one that went missing on Monday. A Boeing 737 similar to the one that went missing on Monday.
An unidentified relative of a passenger weeps as she waits for news Tuesday. An unidentified relative of a passenger weeps as she waits for news Tuesday.

 Search and rescue teams Tuesday are still trying to locate the wreckage of a passenger jet that went missing in central Indonesia a day earlier, despite reports that the crash site -- and survivors -- had been found, according to Indonesia's transport minister.

Setyo Rahardjo, the chairman of Indonesia's National Transport Safety Committee, blamed local police for spreading rumors that the wreckage and survivors of the crash had been located near Polewali village in western Sulawesi province.

The false news has taken its toll on the families of the 102 people aboard the Adam Air flight, many of whom have flown to Makassar near where the plane is believed to have gone down to find out more information about their loved ones.

"It's been an awful day for the survivors as they've been led on a roller coaster of emotions," journalist John Aglionby told CNN.

Other relatives have gathered at the Adam Air office in Manado on the northeastern tip of Sulawesi island, where the Boeing 737 was heading before it dropped off radar on Monday.

Capt. Hartono, a spokesman for Adam Air, told reporters earlier Tuesday that the rescue team found the site near the coastal village of Polewali, recovered 90 bodies, and found 12 survivors.

That report was later disputed by the transport minister and other transportation officials.

The flight had originated in Jakarta, made a stopover in Surabaya at 2:07 p.m. (2:07 a.m. ET) and was supposed to land in Manado at 3:15 p.m., Rahardjo said.

Three of the 96 passengers aboard the plane were Americans, according to the airline and the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta. The plane was also carrying six crew members.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team to Indonesia to assist in the investigation.

The pilot sent out a distress signal Monday before the airline lost contact with the plane, Indonesia's transport minister told an Indonesian radio program.

The airline has set up an information center for families of passengers.

Meanwhile, Indonesian rescue teams are still searching for hundreds of people missing after a ferry sank off the coast of Java on Friday. The ferry went down in rough seas and was not overloaded, according to Indonesia's transport minister.

Source: CNN

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