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Hopes fade after Indonesia crash
Relatives of passengers on the plane, at Surabaya airport 2/1/07
Anxious relatives waited for news at Surabaya airport
Rescue workers in Indonesia have reached the wreckage of a plane which crashed into mountains on the island of Sulawesi during a storm on Monday.

The head of the search and rescue team and the airline said 90 bodies had been found. Earlier reports that 12 people had survived remain unconfirmed.

Relatives of some of the passengers are travelling to the region.

The Boeing 737-400, run by the low-cost carrier, Adam Air, was on an internal flight between Java and Sulawesi.

Attempts to locate it were hampered by bad weather and confusion about the location of the crash site.

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The lack of information is causing anger among the families of those on board, says the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Jakarta.

Adam Air has repeatedly postponed specially-arranged flights to Makassar, the provincial capital closest to the crash site in western Sulawesi, our correspondent says.

Three US nationals were on the plane, the American embassy in Jakarta confirmed. There is no word about any other foreign passengers.

"Ninety people have been confirmed dead but we do not know the condition of the others," said the head of Polewali Mandar region, Ali Baal Masdar.

Local police chief Colonel Genot Hariyanto said the plane had been destroyed and there were "many bodies".

Bad weather

The 17-year-old aircraft left Surabaya in Java at 1300 local time (0600 GMT) on Monday on a two-hour flight to Manado in northern Sulawesi.

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The region has been subjected to high winds and severe storms in the last few days.

About 400 people are still missing after a passenger ship sank off Java on Saturday morning.

Officials said the plane sent out two distress calls when it was an hour away from its destination, in very poor weather conditions.

The plane had its last safety inspection on 25 December.

In Manado, capital of North Sulawesi province, hundreds of people gathered at the airport seeking information about their missing relatives.

Adam Air, a privately owned low-cost airline based in Jakarta, started flying in 2003.

It was set up by Agung Laksono, the speaker of Indonesia's house of representatives.

Adam Air is one of at least a dozen budget airlines to begin operations since the industry was deregulated in 1999.

Indonesia has a chequered flight safety record which includes several major crashes.

Last year almost 150 people were killed when a plane crashed into a busy road shortly after taking off from Medan on the island of Sumatra.

Relatives await news at the airport

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