Jakarta: An air force transport plane that crashed in Indonesia carried more passengers than previously reported, raising the death toll to more than 140 on Wednesday combined with victims from the neighbourhood where the aircraft went down in flames.
So far, 141 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a residential area in Medan city, where the C-130 Hercules crashed shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, North Sumatra police Maj. A. Tarigan told TVOne station. The death toll rose from 74 late Tuesday evening.
The air force says 122 people were on board, including military personnel and their families. Officials don’t expect any survivors from the plane.
Initially, the air force said there were 12 crewmembers on the C-130 and did not mention passengers. It then repeatedly raised the numbers of people aboard, indicating lax controls and raising questions about whether it was accepting paying passengers despite previous promises to crack down on the practice.