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98 dead in Indonesian air crash

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98 dead in Indonesian air crash


The number of people killed in this morning’s military air crash in Indonesia has risen to 98, including two on the ground. The C-130 Hercules barrelled into the ground a few kilometres short of its intended destination, a nearby air base. Most of the plane exploded in flames but remarkably 15 people survived, albeit severely injured.

The plane was carrying 99 passengers and eleven crew. It had been on a regular supply flight from the Indonesian capital Jakarta to the base in Java. One witness said it suddenly reared up in the air, shedding what looked like nuts and bolts, before nosediving out of the sky. It crashed onto a small village, killing at least two people. Three other victims are said to be buried in the wreckage. Passengers on the doomed flight included military personel and their families.

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