At least 116 people are feared to be dead after an Indonesian air force transport plane crashed today into the city of Medan shortly after take-off and exploded in a ball of fire, officials have stated.
According to news agency AFP, the buildings in the area were left in ruins and cars reduced to flaming wrecks when the Hercules C-130 came down in a residential area of Medan, a city of two million on the island of Sumatra.
Air force chief Agus Supriatna said the manifest showed there were 113 people on board the plane – 12 crew and 101 passengers, when it crashed, and he did not believe any passenger onboard the flight had survived.
“No, no. No survivors, I have just returned from the site,” he told AFP in answer to a question.
So far, 49 bodies had been recovered and taken to hospital, he said.