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Indonesian military plane crashes in Papua killing 13
« on: December 19, 2016, 12:52:37 AM »

A Hercules C-130 has gone down in a remote Indonesian province, killing at least 13 people, officials said. The plane reportedly carried three pilots and hit a hillside just minutes before it was scheduled to land.

The authorities' said their "preliminary presumption" was that bad weather caused the Sunday crash. The controllers lost contact with the aircraft as it was approaching Wamena airport in the eastern province of Papua, where land travel is often impossible. All 13 people on board were killed.

"The tower in Wamena has spotted the plane, but it was not certain that the plane saw the runway," air force deputy chief of staff Hadiyan Sumintaatmadja told a news conference. "It was cloudy in Wamena and the airstrip was foggy."

Rescuers located the wreck on a nearby mountainside, and the bodies of the victims were being transported to the airport, said Ivan Ahmad Riski Titus, the operational director of Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency.



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