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AT LEAST 78 DEAD IN INDONESIAN PLANE CRASH

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on May 20, 2009

SKY NEWS

A plane has crashed and burst into flames in Indonesia, killing at least 78 people, according to an air force spokesman.

 PLANE CRASH

 

Rescuers attend the scene of the plane crash

 

 

 

The military aircraft smashed into four houses before skidding into a field on the island of Java.

At least five of those killed are believed to have been on the ground in Magetan.

Witnesses told local media they saw the plane split apart in the air following a loud bang.

The cause is not yet known.

Images of soldiers carrying badly burned bodies have been screened by local television stations.

The C-130 Hercules transport plane was on a routine training mission in East Java, air force spokesman Bambang Sulistyo said.

“The latest data that I have received is there have been 78 people killed in the accident,” he said.

He warned the number was likely to rise as the rescue operation continued.

The plane was carrying air force personnel and their family members. At least 10 children are believed to have been on board.

In the past, Indonesia’s air force has argued it is dangerously underfunded.

Just last month 24 people died when a plane crashed into an aircraft hangar.

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