Military Transport Plane Crashes in Indonesia, 13 Killed

Military Transport Plane Crashes in Indonesia, 13 Killed

About 13 people, including 10 passengers and 3 pilots, were killed in an air force transport plane crash in Indonesia.

 

An Indonesian air force transport plane crashed into a mountain, killing all 13, during a training exercise in the remote region of Papua of Indonesia on Sunday.

The Hercules C130 plane had taken off from the city of Timika before crashing near its destination of Wamena. Three pilots and 10 personnel were aboard the plane. Bad weather and low clouds in Wamena were believed to have caused the crash.

The crash site on Lisuwa mountain had been found and the bodies of the victims were being brought back to Wamena, he said.

Air transport is commonly used in remote and mountainous Papua, Indonesia’s easternmost province, where land travel is often impossible.

Another military Hercules plane flew to Wamena to carry the bodies back to its home base in Malang in East Java province.

Indonesia has a patchy air safety record and President Joko Widodo promised a review of the country’s aging air force fleet last year after a military transport plane crashed, killing more than 100 people.

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