Earlier today, an Indonesian military plane, the Hercules C-130, ploughed into a residential Indonesian city in the north of the island of Sumatra, crushing homes, a hotel and killing over 116 people.
The plane took off around midday from the Medan military airport. The pilot was asked to turn back by control due to technical problems with the engine.
At least 3 people were killed on the ground as the plane came crashing down. With most passengers air force families, it is believed there were 113 people on board the plane, 12 crew and 101 passengers. Air force chief Agus Supriatna claims there were “No survivors, I have just returned from the site.”
Television coverage have shown local hotels and homes in flames surrounded by black smoke. A witness states: “It passed overhead a few times, really low. There was fire and black smoke. The third time it came by it crashed into the roof of the hotel and exploded straight away.”
A three-storey building is consequently in ruins. Heavy machinery is being used to continue the rescue search and remove wreckage. A three-storey building is consequently in ruins.
The cause of the crash is unknown. Over the last decade, 10 fatal crashes have been reported involving the Indonesian police air force or military.