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Military plane that killed 141 after crashing into residential area had propeller 'abnormality'

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

The military transport plane that crashed into a city's residential area, killing 141 people, had a propeller "abnormality" that indicated an engine stalled, Indonesia's air force chief has said.

Air Marshal Agus Supriatna said the fact that the plane turned right after take-off and was flying at a lower than normal speed also suggested an engine failure.

Before crashing in Medan shortly after take-off on Tuesday, the C130 Hercules hit a 115ft radio antenna, he said.

"By hitting the antenna, I imagine it certainly affected the plane," Air Marshal Supriatna said.

The plane was carrying 122 people and the impact also killed people on the ground.

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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
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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

Air force spokesman Dwi Badarmanto said other B-type Hercules planes had been grounded pending the investigation's outcome.

The C-130 was carrying many more passengers than the military first reported. Initially, the air force said there were 12 crew members on the 51-year-old plane and did not mention passengers.

It then repeatedly raised the number of people on board, indicating confusion about how many people had boarded and alighted during a journey covering several cities.

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