Plane crash death toll tops 140

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Published: Wednesday 1st July 2015 by The News Editor

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The death toll from the air force transport plane crash in an Indonesian city has jumped to more than 140, indicating a growing list of victims from the neighbourhood where the aircraft went down.

North Sumatra police major A Tarigan told TVOne that 141 bodies were recovered from the rubble of the residential area of Medan, where the plane crashed shortly after take-off yesterday.

The air force says there were 122 people on the plane including military personnel and their families.

The crash occurred only two minutes after the C130 Hercules, which had been in service since 1964, took off from Soewondo air force base in Medan. It ploughed into a building containing shops and homes.

Witnesses said flames and smoke were shooting from the plane before it crashed.

Published: Wednesday 1st July 2015 by The News Editor

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