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13 missing on Papua New Guinea flight

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  • 11 passengers and two crew missing on flight
  • Airplane was traveling from Port Moresby to Kokoda
  • Search and rescue mission launched and crisis center established
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(CNN) -- A plane carrying 13 people -- including nine passengers from Australia -- went missing on its way from Port Moresby to Kokoda in Papua New Guinea, the Australia Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

The twin-engine plane -- carrying 11 passengers and two crew members -- was supposed to land at an airport near the country's Kokoda Track, a famous mountainous trail.

A search and rescue mission was launched, but no signals were received from the plane's emergency locator, a representative for Australia's Foreign Ministry said.

Nine passengers on the flight were from Australia and the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby has established a crisis center.

CNN's Esprit Smith contributed to this report

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