Indonesian military plane crash kills 13
December 18th, 2016 at 11:17 am
Indonesian military plane crash kills 13

International desk – An Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 aeroplane has crashed on in remote Papua province in the east of the country, killing everyone on board.

Three pilots and 10 other military personnel died, officials said on Sunday.

Air force chief of staff Agus Supriatna told MetroTV that bad weather was suspected to have caused the crash, according to a BBC report.

The Hercules was carrying food supplies from Timika to Wamena when it came down in mountainous terrain near to its destination early on Sunday.

The wreckage has been located and the bodies of the dead are being brought to Wamena, Ivan Ahmad Riski Titus, operational director of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, said.

The flight had left Timika at 05:35 (20:35 GMT Saturday) and was expected to land in Wamena at 06:13.

Indonesia has a poor air safety record.

In June 2015, the same type of plane belonging to the country’s air force crashed near a residential neighbourhood shortly after taking off from Medan.

All 12 crew and 109 passengers on board were killed, along with 22 people on the ground.