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Official: Wreckage of missing Indonesian plane believed found

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  • Plane disappeared on Sunday after departing Jayapura, eastern Indonesia
  • Leader of search-and-rescue: No sign of any survivors amid plane wreckage
  • Poor weather is hampering attempts to reach the plane wreckage
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Authorities have identified what is believed to be the wreckage of a Merpati Nusantara Airlines plane that disappeared shortly after takeoff in eastern Indonesia over the weekend.

"The rescue plane spotted the wreckage of an airplane tail with the Merpati Airlines logo," Col. Suwandi Miharja, leader of search-and-rescue effort, said Tuesday.

"Factoring in its location, we assume that this is the plane that went missing." There were no signs of survivors, he said.

Contact with the plane, which was carrying 15 passengers and crew, was lost Sunday about 15 minutes after departing from Jayapura. It was headed to Oksibil, about 175 miles (280 km) to the south.

In addition to a pilot and co-pilot, there were 13 passengers on board, including two babies.

The suspected crash site is just a few miles from Oksibil. Search teams on the ground have yet to reach the area. Poor weather is hampering progress, Miharja said.

CNN's Andy Saputra contributed to this story

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