13 killed in Indonesian military plane crash
Thirteen people have died after an Indonesian military transport plane crashed in the east of the country on Sunday, 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 06:08 am local time but at 06:09 AM the plane had lost contact,” air force chief Agus Supriatna said.
The plane was expected to land at 06:13 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.