'113 dead' in Indonesian military plane crash

Air force plane crashes in Indonesia residential neighbourhood, 113 believed dead

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Up to 113 people are feared dead after an Indonesian military plane crashed on Tuesday into a residential area of Medan city on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a military spokesman said.

While Indonesian television broadcast images of smoke arising from the district which was hit by the Hercules C-130 plane, an Indonesian official announced that at least 49 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage, according to Reuters.

Speaking to local television, Indonesian Air Force Commander Agus Supriyatna said "no one survived the crash." The plane was carrying 101 passengers and 12 crew members, he said.

The incident occurred shortly after the plane took off in Medan City around midday, Indonesian Air Force spokesman Dwi Badarmanto said, adding that rescue operations was underway.

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