All 113 people (passengers and crew) on board an Indonesian air force transport plane that crashed Tuesday into a major city on Sumatra are believed to have been killed, the country’s air force chief said.
It was said that there were 12 crew and 101 passengers on the Hercules C-130 when it burst into flames and crashed into a residential area of Medan city.
Asked if he believed anyone had survived, he said: “No, no. No survivors. I just returned from the site.” He said that 49 bodies had so far been recovered and taken to hospital.
”It passed overhead a few times, really low. There was fire and black smoke. The third time it came by it crashed into the roof of the hotel and exploded straight away,” stated a receptionist, Elfrida Efi, at the Golden Eleven Hotel.
”The bodies were in the debris of the plane and buildings… we are taking the bodies one by one by ambulance to a nearby hospital. The bodies have been crushed by debris of the building and the fuselage,” said local Police Chief Mardiaz Dwihananto.
Buildings were left in ruins and cars reduced to flaming wrecks after the plane came down in Medan, a city of two million.