Military Plane Crashes in Indonesia, 43 Dead


Jakarta: In a terrible accident a military transport plane crashed near a residential neighborhood in Indonesia’s Medan city on Tuesday killing at least 43 people. Although the reason leading to the crash is not clear, a mechanical error might be responsible.

The C-130 Hercules aircraft went down with 12 military personnel on board shortly after taking off from a base in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, said Indonesian military spokesman Maj. Gen. Fuad Basya.

Local television broadcast images of crowds gathering around the plane’s smoldering wreckage amid damaged buildings and a charred car.

At least 43 bodies have been recovered from the crash site, said Zulkifli, an official from the Indonesian Red Cross who goes by only one name. But he said there are more bodies at the crash site.