MEDAN. An Indonesian air force transport plane carrying military personnel and their families plowed into a residential neighborhood in the country’s third-largest city of Medan shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, killing more than 70.
Rescue teams were using heavy machinery to remove the mangled wreckage of the C-130 Hercules as they searched the rubble of a building shattered by the impact.
Air force spokesman Rear Marshal Dwi Badarmanto said 74 bodies have been recovered so far. He said about 30 of the dead have been identified and include air force personnel and members of their families.
“Until today we can’t confirm the assistance needed by the victims because the access is closely guarded. What we can do right now is help the evacuation process by Free Ambulance,” Budi Syahputra, Branch Manager of RZ Medan, said. ***