MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from the crash of an air force transport plane in the Indonesian city of Medan jumped to more than 140 on Wednesday, indicating a growing list of victims from the neighborhood where the plane went down.
North Sumatra police major A. Tarigan told TVOne that 141 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a residential neighborhood where the plane crashed shortly after takeoff on Tuesday.
The air force says there were 122 people on the plane including military personnel and their families.
The crash of the C-130 Hercules, which had been in service since 1964, occurred only two minutes after it took off from Soewondo air force base in Medan. It plowed into a building that local media said contained shops and homes.
Witnesses said it was shooting flames and smoke before crashing.