JAKARTA, June 30 (Bernama) — The bodies of 73 victims in the crash tragedy involving an Indonesian Air Force Hercules C-130 aircraft have been recovered so far from the crash site in Medan, north Sumatra.
Indonesian television station Metronews reported that 39 of the victims were males and that all the bodies were brought to the Adam Malik Hospital in the city.
The report said search efforts were continuing to find more victims believed to buried in the rubble of destroyed buidlings and in the wreckage of the ill-fated plane.
Meanwhile, Indonesian Air Force chief Marshal Agus Supriyatna was quoted as saying technical problems likely caused the plane to crash.
The plane went down in a residential area in Jalan Jamin Ginting, Medan.’
He said before the plane went down, the pilot had radioed base to make an air turn back.
“Under normal circumstances this would be due to technical problems,” he said.
The plane carrying 12 crew and 111 passengers crashed in the public housing area at 11.50 am Tuesday, minutes after taking off from the Soewondo Air Base in Medan.
Indonesian television stations carried footage of the republic’s President Joko Widodo ordering all the Air Force’s Hercules C-130 planes to be checked thoroughly to ensure they were airworthy.
He said for now the priority was the search and rescue operations.
In KUALA LUMPUR, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has conveyed his condolences to Indonesia on the demise of more than 70 people in the country’s air tragedy in Medan.
Hishammuddin in his Twitter Tuesday night expressed “Deepest sympathies & heartfelt condolences to Pak Ryamizard ( Ryamizard Ryacudu, Indonesia’s Defence Minister), TNI (Indonesia’s Armed Forces) and the people of Indonesia on the Hercules C-130 tragedy in Medan.”
“I have been in contact with Pak Ryamizard to convey our condolences, my heart goes out to all in Indonesia,” he added.
An Indonesian Air Force Hercules C-130 aircraft crashed in a public housing area in Medan, north Sumatra at 11.50 am today, leaving scores dead. The bodies of 73 victims have been recovered so far.
Indonesian television stations reported that the plane crashed into the Royal Gardenia housing estate in Medan, destroying many houses.