Indonesian plane crash updates: An aircraft who had been in service since 1964 crashed in Sumatran city of Medan. The aging military plane was not equipped with a black box recorder, making any investigation into the crash difficult.
The Indonesian rescuers are working at the crash site where Hercules military aircraft crashed which occurred only two minutes after its take off from Soewondo air force, one of Indonesia’s main islands as it breaks into buildings containing shops and homes.
Indonesian plane had traveled from the capital, Jakarta, and it stopped at two locations before arriving at Medan.
Wednesday morning the rescue team resumed their work as they confirmed that at there were at least three people killed on the ground due to the plane crash although they expect more of it.
They claimed that the plane was carrying 122 people inside and that the impact of the plane crashed also killed people on the ground and that the fuel still lingers on the site.
Official says that there were 141 bodies recovered after the plane crashed in a residential area of Medan.
According to Air Marshal Agus Supriatna the fact that the plane turned rightward after takeoff and was flying at a lower than normal speed also suggests an engine failure, he told reporters.
On Wednesday morning Indonesian president Joko Widodo told reporters that the crash had provided the necessary “momentum” to update the country’s existing military hardware.
“I have also instructed the Minister of Defence and Commander in Chief (TNI) to undertake a fundamental overhaul of the management of military defense equipment, defense procurement system must be changed, this is the momentum,” he said.
Some local who have seen the accident said that it was shooting flames and smoke before crashing.