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Death toll from air force transport plane that crashed into Indonesia city neighbourhood tops 140

Published 01/07/2015 | 07:32

Family members of victims of an Indonesian military C-130 Hercules transport plane that crashed into a residential area, cry outside Adam Malik hospital in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia, July 1, 2015
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Family members of victims of an Indonesian military C-130 Hercules transport plane that crashed into a residential area, cry outside Adam Malik hospital in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia, July 1, 2015 REUTERS/Beawiharta
Security forces remove debris from the crash site of an Indonesian military C-130 transport plane which crashed yesterday into a residential area in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia July 1, 2015 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Septianda Perdana/Antara Foto
An Indonesian soldier stands near the tail section of a military C-130 transport plane which crashed yesterday into a residential area in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia July 1, 2015 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Irsan Mulyadi/Antara Foto
Indonesian soldiers and rescue teams remove debris from the wreckage of a military C-130 transport plane which crashed yesterday into a residential area in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia July 1, 2015 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Irsan Mulyadi/Antara Foto
Security forces use heavy equipment to remove debris at the crash site of an Indonesian military C-130 transport plane which crashed yesterday into a residential area in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia July 1, 2015 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Septianda Perdana/Antara Foto
Indonesian soldiers and search and rescue teams remove debris from the crash site of a military C-130 transport plane which went down yesterday in a residential area of Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, July 1, 2015.
Indonesian soldiers carry a coffin of a victim of an Indonesian military C-130 Hercules transport plane that crashed into a residential area, outside Adam Malik hospital in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia, July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Beawiharta
An Indonesian soldier stands next to coffins of the bodies of victims of an Indonesian military C-130 Hercules transport plane that crashed into a residential area, outside Adam Malik hospital in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia, July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Beawiharta
Foreign tourists visit Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, June 29, 2015 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Andreas Fitri Atmoko/Antara Foto
A mother whose son was one of the victims of an Indonesian military C-130 Hercules transport plane that crashed into a residential area, cries outside Adam Malik hospital in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia, July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Beawiharta
Indonesian soldiers and search and rescue teams remove debris from the crash site of a military C-130 transport plane which went down yesterday in a residential area of Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Roni Bintang
Indonesian soldiers remove debris from the site of a military C-130 transport plane which crashed yesterday into a residential area of Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Roni Bintang
Indonesian soldiers clean up debris from the site where a military C-130B transport plane which crashed yesterday into a residential area of Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Roni Bintang
Rescuers search for victims at the site where an Indonesian air force cargo plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Rescuers search for victims at the site where an air force cargo plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Yudha Lesmana)
Rescuers search for victims at the site where an Indonesian air force cargo plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Firemen and security forces attempt to extinguish the fire surrounding the wreckage of an Indonesian military transport plane after it crashed in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia June 30, 2015 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Irsan Mulyadi/Antara Foto
Firemen and security forces attempt to extinguish the fire surrounding the wreckage of an Indonesian military transport plane after it crashed in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia June 30, 2015 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Irsan Mulyadi/Antara Foto
Firemen attempt to extinguish the fire surrounding the wreckage of an Indonesian military transport plane after it crashed in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia, June 30, 2015 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Irsan Mulyadi/Antara Foto
Security forces and firemen attempt to extinguish the wreckage of an Indonesian military transport plane after it crashed in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia June 30, 2015 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Irsan Mulyadi/Antara Foto

The death toll from the air force transport plane crash in an Indonesian city has jumped to more than 140, indicating a growing list of victims from the neighbourhood where the aircraft went down.

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North Sumatra police major A Tarigan told TVOne that 141 bodies were recovered from the rubble of the residential area of Medan, where the plane crashed shortly after take-off yesterday.

The air force says there were 122 people on the plane including military personnel and their families.

The crash occurred only two minutes after the C130 Hercules, which had been in service since 1964, took off from Soewondo air force base in Medan. It ploughed into a building containing shops and homes.

Witnesses said flames and smoke were shooting from the plane before it crashed.

Air force chief Air Marshal Agus Supriatna has said the pilot told the control tower that he needed to turn back because of engine trouble and the plane crashed while turning right to return to the airport.

Many passengers were relatives of military personnel. Hitching rides on military planes to reach remote destinations is common in Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago that spans three time zones.

Indonesia has a patchy civil aviation safety record and its cash-strapped air force has also suffered a series of accidents. Between 2007 and 2009, the European Union barred Indonesian airlines from flying to Europe because of safety concerns.

The country's most recent civilian airline disaster was in December, when an AirAsia jet with 162 people on board crashed into the Java Sea on its way from Surabaya to Singapore.

There have been five fatal crashes involving air force planes since 2008, according to the Aviation Safety Network, which tracks aviation disasters.

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