A crash site was found Sunday after an Indonesian airliner with 54 people aboard lost contact with air traffic control over a remote, mountainous area in bad weather, Indonesian officials said.

Air Transportation Director General Suprasetyo confirmed the plane was found by villagers who said it crashed into a mountain in Papua, the nation’s largest and most eastern province. The fate of the 49 passengers — including five children — and crew of five was not immediately known, he said.

“Residents provided information that the aircraft crashed into Tangok mountain,” Suprasetyo said.

The crash was third catastrophe for the Southeast Asian nation’s beleaguered air transportation system in less than a year.

The Transportation Ministry said the Trigana Air Service flight lost contact 33 minutes into a 42-minute flight from the provincial capital of Jayapura bound for the city of Oksibil. There was no indication of a distress call from the French-built ATR 42-300 twin turboprop plane, the ministry said.

Heavy rain, high winds and some fog was reported in the area around the time the plane disappeared. Papua is home to some of the world’s highest mountains as well as dense rain forests.

The National Search and Rescue Agency tweeted at about 7 a.m. ET — 6 p.m. local time — that the search had been suspended due to limited visibility and will resume early Monday. A short time later Suprasetyo confirmed that villagers had found the crash site.

“We are now working closely with the National Search and Rescue Agency to find the plane,” Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan told the Associated Press.

The agency tweeted that it had not arrived at the site and could confirm no details. “We pray for the best for the passengers and crew,” the agency tweeted.

The European Union until June had barred all Indonesian airlines from flying to Europe because of safety concerns. In June, the EU regulator maintained the ban, with the exception of four airlines. Trigana Air Service is still banned from flying to the continent.

Trigana, a local airline founded in 1991, has had 14 “accidents and incidents” since 1992, according to the Aviation Safety Network database.

“It’s mountainous, very remote and the airfield runways are sometimes on the side of a hill, so it is not really an area for the faint-hearted to fly,” Aviation analyst Gerry Soejatman toldThe Guardian. “There are bound to be accidents.”

Indonesia has made international headlines for two recent crashes. In June, more than 100 people died when a military plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Medan, Indonesia’s third-largest city. In December, an AirAsia plane crashed in the Java Sea en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, killing all 162 people aboard. 

That tragedy spurred Indonesia to impose new regulations aimed at improving safety. The 17,000-island nation of 250 million people, the world’s fourth largest country by population, has seen rapid growth in the aviation industry. But the industry has struggled to provide enough pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers and updated airport technology to ensure safety.