In a country where there were more plane crashes than in the Bermuda Triangle, a military transport plane crashes and smashes into a residential area in north Sumatra, Indonesia killing more than 100 people.
The C-130 transport plane was carrying 113 people and initial report suggested that no one had survived.
The Hercules plane had been on its way from an air force base in Medan to Tanjung Pinang in Riau Islands off Sumatra. Media said the pilot had asked to return to the base because of technical problems.
“It passed overhead a few times, really low,” said Elfrida Efi, a receptionist at the nearby Golden Eleven Hotel. “There was fire and black smoke. The third time it came by it crashed into the roof of the hotel and exploded straight away,” she told Reuters by telephone.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, there have been 10 fatal crashes involving Indonesian military or police aircraft over the last decade. The accidents put under a spotlight the safety record of Indonesia’s aviation and its ageing aircraft.
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