Dozens Dead in Military Plane Crash

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - At least 68 people are dead following
the crash of a military plane on the Indonesian island of Java.

Air force official Suyono says he expects the death toll to rise
following Wednesday morning's crash. Suyono goes by only one name.

Air force spokesman Bambang Sulistyo said the C-130 Hercules was
carrying at least 112 passengers and crew. It was on a routine
training mission when it crashed near the base in East Java
province, smashing into houses and then skidding into a rice field
and bursting into flames.

Indonesian television flashed footage of fire engulfing the
wreckage and soldiers carrying bodies on stretchers.

Witnesses said many of the victims were badly burned.


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