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Air Force to ground C-130 Hercules aircraft

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Jakarta   /   Thu, July 2, 2015   /  10:20 am
Air Force to ground C-130 Hercules aircraft Grim task: Relatives searching for missing family members check body bags containing the remains of victims of the crashed Air Force Hercules C-130 aircraft at Adam Malik General Hospital in Medan, North Sumatra on Wednesday. Sixty two of the victims of the crash had been identified as of Wednesday afternoon. (JP/Nurni Sulaiman) (JP/Nurni Sulaiman)

Grim task: Relatives searching for missing family members check body bags containing the remains of victims of the crashed Air Force Hercules C-130 aircraft at Adam Malik General Hospital in Medan, North Sumatra on Wednesday. Sixty two of the victims of the crash had been identified as of Wednesday afternoon. (JP/Nurni Sulaiman)

The Air Force announced on Wednesday that it would ground for the time being a number of Hercules C-130 aircraft following the Hercules tragedy in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.

Air Force spokesperson Rear Marshal Dwi Badarmanto said that the Air Force had a number of C-130 aircraft of different types but only Type B aircraft, which were similar to the one that crashed in Medan, would be grounded.

'€œYes, the Air Force chief has pointed his finger to Hercules C-130 aircraft of Type B that will stop flying for the time being,'€ he said at Halim Perdanakusumah Airport in East Jakarta on Wednesday night.

Dwi declined to mention how many aircraft would be grounded but said the temporary grounding would last until the investigation into the Medan Hercules tragedy had been completed.

'€œAfter analyzing the investigation'€™s results, a decision will be made regarding the temporary grounding,'€ he said as quoted by kompas.com.

The ill-fated Hercules aircraft crashed into a housing area in Medan Tuntungan on Tuesday only two minutes after taking off from the Soewondo Airbase at 12:08 p.m. (rms)(++++)

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