Military plane crashes in neighborhood in Indonesia; Death toll expected to rise

Posted at 4:16 AM, Jun 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-30 07:45:26-04

INDONESIA -- Smoke rose among scorched buildings in the Indonesian city of Medan on Tuesday after a military transport plane crashed near a residential neighborhood. At least 49 bodies have been recovered from the site, Air Marshal Agus Supriatna, told reporters Tuesday. Twenty-three of the bodies have been identified, Supriatna said.

Supriatna said the Hercules took off from Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma Airport earlier Tuesday with about 113 people on board, but it's not clear how many people were on the plane when it crashed. It made two stops along the way -- in Pekanbaru and Dumai.

The plane crashed  shortly after takeoff, authorities said Tuesday.

Early reports said the C-130 Hercules aircraft went down with only 12 people on board.

Local television broadcast images of people gathered around the plane's burning wreckage in what appeared to be a residential area.

An official said the aircraft, built in the United States in the 1960s, had been inspected and cleared to fly before it took off.