13 killed in Indonesian military plane crash

Updated: Dec 19, 2016, 10:20 IST | Agencies

Thirteen people have died after an Indonesian military transport plane crashed in the east of the country yesterday, officials said, marking yet another air accident for the armed forces

Rescuers at the site where an Indonesian Air Force plane that crashed in Wamena. Pic/AP/PTI
Rescuers at the site where an Indonesian Air Force plane that crashed in Wamena. Pic/AP/PTI

Jakarta: Thirteen people have died after an Indonesian military transport plane crashed in the east of the country yesterday, officials said, marking yet another air accident for the armed forces.

The Hercules C-130 plane took off from Timika city in Papua province, carrying 12 crew and one passenger, but came down in a remote mountainous region shortly before its scheduled landing, officials said.

“The operator on land saw the plane at 6.08 am local time, but at 6.09 am the plane had lost contact,” air force chief Agus Supriatna said. The plane was expected to land at 6.13 am local time.

Aboard the aircraft were three pilots, eight technicians, a navigator and a military officer, as well as food and cement, Supriatna said. Weather around the area is known to be unpredictable, and the plane went in and out of clouds before the crash, he added.

Rescuers located the plane debris soon after. All 13 bodies have been recovered according to the air force.

Supriatna said a team was heading to the site to investigate. The fatal incident is the latest for Indonesia’s accident-prone military.

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