Indonesia Transport Plane Crash: More Than 100 Feared Dead

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More than 100 people are feared dead after a military transport plane crashed in a residential area of the Indonesian city of Medan. The Hercules C-130 plane hit two houses and a hotel before bursting into flames, creating a huge fireball. Air Force head Agus Supriatna visited the crash site and told reporters he believed there were no survivors among the 113 people on board. At least 66 bodies have been recovered so far.

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A major rescue operation is under way at the site which was covered in flames and thick black smoke. The BBC’s Alice Budisatrijo in Jakarta says that only the tail of the aircraft is still recognisable; the rest has been reduced to debris.

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Our correspondent says that there are reports that people are trapped inside wrecked buildings and the nearest hospital is continuing to receive bodies arriving from the crash site. Many of the passengers are thought to have been relatives of servicemen and women.

It is too early to know exactly how many people were killed in the disaster, or what caused it, our correspondent says.

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