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Crashed Hercules bringing 50 personnel for duty officer rotation

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Medan, North Sumatra   /   Tue, June 30, 2015   /  05:06 pm

North Sumatra Police spokesperson Sr.Comr.Helfi Assegaf said the Indonesian Air Force'€™s C-130 Hercules was carrying a number of personnel who were to carry out a duty office rotation when it crashed into a residential settlement on Jl. Jamin Ginting in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.

'€œIt is estimated that 50 personnel who were to carry out a duty office rotation were aboard the aircraft. They are being evacuated. Currently, two dead victims have been taken to Adam Malik Hospital,'€ said Helfi as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.

The C-130 Hercules departed from Soewondo Air Force Base (previously known as Polonia International Airport) in Medan to Riau on Tuesday. The aircraft was reported to have been carrying supplies.

At least 20 people were reported dead when the aircraft crashed shortly after it took off. In the incident, a number of homes and several shop houses at the Gardenia Residence complex were destroyed and burned, crushed by the aircraft'€™s body. (ebf)(+++)