Indonesian air force transport plane crashes, 100 feared dead


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.