Military plane Hercules death toll Updates: Rescuers recovered 142 bodies from the plane crash site as of Wednesday, indicating a growing number of fatalities.
The military plane crashed in a residential area in Simalingkar, North Sumatra Indonesia, hitting two shop-houses and a car, as it carried supplies to a number of Indonesian Military (TNI) Air Force bases, including in Jakarta, Pekanbaru, Dumai, Medan, Tanjung Pinang, Ranai and Pontianak, according to Jakarta Post report.
The plane had been carrying 101 passengers and 12 crew, said Air Force official. Many of those on board the flight to an island off Sumatra, which was carrying 122 people, were believed to be servicemen and women and their families.
Witnesses said flames and smoke streamed from the plane before it crashed. Air force chief Air Marshal Agus Supriatna has said the pilot told the control tower that he needed to turn back because of engine trouble and the plane crashed while turning right to return to the airport.
Rescuers were Wednesday continuing to clear debris, which spread over a large area, helped by two earthmovers, as hundreds looked on.
Tuesday’s plane crash accident was the sixth deadly crash involving an Indonesian air force plane in the past decade, according to the Aviation Safety Network. Image of / The crash site in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on Wednesday. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS