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Indonesian military plane crash leaves 74 dead

An Indonesian air force transport plane carrying military personnel and their families plowed into a residential neighbourhood in the country's third-largest city of Medan shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, killing more than 70.


June 30, 2015
By The Associated Press

Rescue teams were using heavy machinery to remove the mangled wreckage of the C-130 Hercules as they searched the rubble of a building shattered by the impact. Witness accounts suggest the plane suffered an engine fire before crashing.

Air force spokesman Rear Marshal Dwi Badarmanto said 74 bodies have been recovered so far. He said about 30 of the dead have been identified and include air force personnel and members of their families.

Air force officials say there may have been more than 100 people on the C-130. They say there is little hope of finding survivors. It is unclear how many people on the ground were killed. | READ MORE