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Indonesia transport plane crash kills at least 5

30 June
11:44 2015

NEWS DESK (DİHA) - At least five people have been killed in a military transport plane crash in a residential area of the Indonesian city of Medan, officials say.

Local TV reported that the Hercules crashed into two houses and a car and burst into flames. Military spokesman Fuad Basya told that the plane came down soon after take-off and that there were at least 12 crew members on board. Officials say that bodies were recovered from the plane wreckage.

A major rescue operation is under way at the crash site which is still covered in flames and thick black smoke. Large crowds are watching the emergency services search the flaming wreckage, with the fuselage of the aircraft visible through the thick plumes of smoke. Buildings in the area of the crash were clearly damaged.

Air Force Chief of Staff Agus Supriatna told Metro Television that the pilot had asked to return to base shortly before the crash.