Military plane crashes in Indonesia, killing all 13 people onboard
An Indonesian military Hercules C-130 transport plane has crashed today in the eastern-most province of Papua, killing all 13 people on board.
Air force chief of staff Agus Supriatna told MetroTV the plane was carrying 12 tonnes of food supplies and cement from Timika to Wamena, a distance of about 200km, when it crashed just minutes before its scheduled landing.
Plane (file picture).
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He said bad weather was suspected to be the cause of the crash.
The plane was carrying three pilots and 10 other personnel.
TV footage showed rescuers and locals had reached the wreckage of the plane and were bringing out the victims.
The plane took off from Timika at 5.35am (Ind and crashed about four minutes before it was scheduled to land in Wamena, the capital of the mountainous district of Jayawijaya.
It was the third serious air accident in Indonesia in less than a month.
On November 24, a Bell 412 EP helicopter from the Indonesian army crashed in the Indonesian part of Borneo island, killing three.
A week later, a police plane with 13 people aboard crashed into the sea on the way to the island of Batam, near Singapore.
Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago of more than 250 million people, has been plagued by transportation accidents in recent years, from plane and train crashes to ferry sinkings.
The military, which suffers from low funding, has also regularly suffered airplane and helicopter crashes.
In July last year, an air force Hercules crashed into a neighborhood of Medan, Indonesia’s third largest city, killing more than 140 people.
These included military personnel, family members travelling with them and people on the ground.