by Allanah Leahy – EM TV Online
More than 100 people are estimated dead, following a devastating plane crash in Indonesia yesterday.
The military transport plane was carrying 113 passengers, 101 of which were family members of military personnel, when it crashed into a suburban area in Medan, Indonesia. As of this morning, 142 bodies have been recovered, with no survivors as of yet. Rescue operations continued on today at the crash site, and reports have emerged of victims still trapped in wrecked buildings
Eye witnesses say the plane seemingly exploded before crashing into residential houses and a hotel. The plane had reportedly not been serviced in over 50 years.
Indonesia’s last military plane crash was in 2009, when a military cargo plane crashed into a village, killing at least 98 people. The Aviation Safety Network has recorded 10 fatal crashes between Indonesia’s military and police aircrafts over the last decade.
“Following several plane crashes, we should conduct a total audit and modernise the [old] planes,” Indonesian President Joko Widodo told Indonesian news agency, Antara.