Police: 141 bodies recuperated from Indonesia aircraft crash

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Rescuers look for victims at the website where an Indonesian air force transport plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The Hercules C-130 airplane crashed into a residential community in the country’s third-largest city on June 30.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015|9:30 p.m.

MEDAN, Indonesia– The death toll from the crash of a flying force transportation airplane in the Indonesian city of Medan jumped to more than 140 on Wednesday, suggesting a growing list of victims from the area where the aircraft went down.

North Sumatra authorities major A. Tarigan informed TVOne that 141 bodies have actually been recovered from the debris of a residential area where the C-130 Hercules crashed shortly after takeoff on Tuesday.

The flying force states there were 122 individuals on the plane consisting of military workers and their families.

The crash of the aircraft, which had actually been in service since 1964, took place just two minutes after it took off from Soewondo flying force base in Medan on Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s major islands. It plowed into a structure that regional media said consisted of shops and homes.

Witnesses said it was shooting flames and smoke before crashing. Air force chief Air Marshal Agus Supriatna has said the pilot informed the control tower that he had to reverse because of engine trouble and the airplane crashed while turning right to go back to the airport.

The flying force repeatedly raised its figures for the variety of the people on the plane, showing lax controls and raising questions about whether it was accepting paying travelers despite previous guarantees to crack down on the guarantee. Hitching rides on military aircrafts to reach remote destinations is common in Indonesia, a vast island chain that covers three time zones.

The plane’s manifest noted 50 individuals on the doomed flight from Medan to the remote Natuna island chain, according to North Sumatra authorities chief Eko Hadi Sutedjo, but the actual number was more than double that. The aircraft had traveled from the capital, Jakarta, and stopped at two places prior to arriving at Medan.

Indonesia has an irregular civil aeronautics security record and its cash-strapped flying force has also suffered a series of accidents. In between 2007 and 2009, the European Union disallowed Indonesian airline companies from flying to Europe due to the fact that of security concerns.

The nation’s most recent civilian airline company catastrophe was in December, when an AirAsia jet with 162 people on board crashed into the Java Sea en path from Surabaya to Singapore. There have been 5 fatal crashes including flying force aircrafts since 2008, according to the Air travel Safety Network, which tracks air travel catastrophes.

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