1 Jul 2015

More than 100 feared dead in plane crash

5:52 am on 1 July 2015

Indonesian officials say all 113 people aboard a military transport plane are believed to have died when it crashed on the island of Sumatra.

Firefighters at the site of the crash.

Firefighters at the site of the crash. Photo: AFP

The Hercules C-130 plane on Tuesday hit two houses and a hotel in the city of Medan before bursting into flames, creating a huge fireball.

Air Force head Agus Supriatna visited the crash site and told reporters he believed there were no survivors among the 113 people on board.

Dozens of bodies have been recovered from the crash site in a residential area of Medan.

Many of the passengers are thought to have been relatives of servicemen and women. The military says it is looking into claims some of those aboard were paying passengers - which is not allowed on its aircraft.

According to the Aviation Safety Network, there have been 10 fatal crashes involving Indonesian military or police aircraft over the last decade. The accidents put under a spotlight the safety record of Indonesia's aviation and its ageing aircraft.

AirAsia flight QZ8501 crashed less than halfway into a two-hour flight from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore last December. All 162 people on board the Airbus A320 were killed.

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