Indonesian officials are now saying they have not located the crash site of a missing passenger jet that is believed to have gone down Monday in bad weather.
Transportation Minister Hatta Radjasa Tuesday corrected earlier reports that the wreckage was found in the mountains of the northern island of Sulawesi. He apologized for the confusion and said search and rescue teams are still looking for the Adam Air jet.
The plane was carrying 96 passengers and six crew members.
Rescue crews struggled through thick jungle and steep terrain on Sulawesi today, in a bid to find the passenger jet. Officials say the plane was not there when they reached what they thought was the site of the crash.
Earlier reports said at least 90 people died in the crash of the 17-year-old Boeing 737(-400) jet, and that there were 12 survivors.
Three U.S. citizens were among the passengers. Their condition is not known.
The flight was enroute from Java to north Sulawesi when it sent distress signals an hour after takeoff and lost contact with air traffic controllers.
Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa says bad weather caused the crash and that an investigation is underway.
Radjasa says the pilot was aware of the bad weather, but added that it is the airport's responsibility to cancel flights in cases of severe weather. He says air traffic controllers received clearance from Indonesia's weather bureau, but conditions changed quickly during the flight.
Adam Air is a privately owned, low-cost airline flying mainly domestic routes in Indonesia.