Shocking! More than 110 killed in Indonesian military plane crash

Air Force head Agus Supriatna visited the crash site and told reporters he believed there were no survivors among the 113 people on board.

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More than 100 people are feared dead after a military transport plane crashed in a residential area of the Indonesian city of Medan.

The Hercules C-130 plane hit two houses and a hotel before bursting into flames, creating a huge fireball.

Air Force head Agus Supriatna visited the crash site and told reporters he believed there were no survivors among the 113 people on board.

At least 66 bodies have been recovered so far.

A major rescue operation is under way at the site which was covered in flames and thick black smoke.

The BBC's Alice Budisatrijo in Jakarta says that only the tail of the aircraft is still recognisable; the rest has been reduced to debris.

Our correspondent says that there are reports that people are trapped inside wrecked buildings and the nearest hospital is continuing to receive bodies arriving from the crash site.

Many of the passengers are thought to have been relatives of servicemen and women.

It is too early to know exactly how many people were killed in the disaster, or what caused it, our correspondent says.

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More than 110 killed in Indonesian military plane crash

 

Large crowds watched the emergency services search the flaming wreckage.

The plane had just taken off when it ran into trouble.

"It passed overhead a few times, really low," a witness told the Reuters news agency.

"There was fire and black smoke. The third time it came by it crashed into the roof of the hotel and exploded straight away."

Mr Supriatna said that the pilot had asked to return to base because of technical difficulties.

"The plane crashed while it was turning right to return to the airport,'' he said.

The Hercules transport plane was manufactured in 1964, but a military spokesman said he was convinced that it was in good condition.

Correspondents say that it is the second time in 10 years that a plane has crashed in Medan.

In September 2005, a Boeing 737 came down in a crowded residential area shortly after take-off from Medan's Polonia airport, killing 143 people including 30 on the ground.

Source: BBC

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