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Search resumes for missing Indonesia plane

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  • Plane disappears on Sunday after departing Jayapura, eastern Indonesia
  • Small aircraft was carrying 15 people, authorities say
  • One of four rescue planes continuing search, officials say
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Rescue planes were dispatched on Monday to look for an aircraft with 15 people on board that disappeared shortly after takeoff in eastern Indonesia.

Three of the four rescue planes came back without any leads, said Nikmatullah, director of operations for Merpati Nusantara Airlines. One rescue plane was still searching, he said.

The Cessna plane lost contact Sunday about 15 minutes after departing from Jayapura. It was headed to Oksibil, about 175 miles (280 kilometers) to the south. It had 13 passengers on board, including two babies, Nikmatullah said.

"We have notified the families of those on board and we are coordinating with the military, the search and rescue team," Nikmatullah said. "We are going to move forward with the search and rescue effort with our full capacity."

CNN's Andy Saputra contributed to this story.

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