Indoesian C-130 Crashes Into Residential Area
For the second time in a decade a plane has crashed into a densely populated neighbourhood of Medan, the capital of North Sumatra. There are conflicting reports about how many people were on board.
Indonesian Air Force chief of staff, Air Marshal Agus Supriatna was quoted by ABC News as saying the C130 Hercules had 12 crew and another 101 passengers on board when it took off from Soewondo Air Base in Medan shortly before midday (local time). He added that 49 bodies had so far been pulled from the rubble, and 23 of those bodies had been identified. According to him the plane crashed a couple of minutes after take off while turning right to return to the base after reporting engine trouble.
North Sumatra police chief Eko Hadi Sutedjo told reporters that the plane was carrying 50 people based on its manifest. He said 37 bodies have been transported to Medan's Adam Malik hospital and include a child who was probably about a year old.
It is the second crash into a Medan neighbourhood in 10 years. A Mandala Airlines Boeing 737 crashed shortly after takeoff from Medan's Polonia airport in 2005 killing 143 people including 30 on the ground. 3.4 million people live in Medan, the third most populous city in Indonesia.