Update: Police say death toll from military plane crash in Medan has risen to 141

Security forces and rescue teams examine the wreckage of a military C-130 Hercules transport plane after it crashed into a residential area in the North Sumatra city of Medan on June 30. Photo: REUTERS/Roni Bintang

The death toll from the crash of an Indonesian air force transport plane in the city of Medan has risen to 141, police said Wednesday.

“We have received 141 bodies,” Agustinus Tarigan, a police official at a hospital in the city, told AFP. The plane crashed and exploded in a ball of flames in a residential area of the western city on Tuesday, heavily damaging buildings and reducing cars to flaming wrecks.

An Indonesian air force transport plane crashed Tuesday into a residential area in the city of Medan shortly after take-off and exploded in a fireball, officials said.

Buildings were left in ruins and cars reduced to flaming wrecks when the Hercules C-130 came down. 

-AFP

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