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Military Plane Crash in Indonesia Leaves 133 Dead

October 06, 1991|From Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A military plane crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday, killing all 132 people aboard plus a guard at a government building destroyed by the flaming wreckage, officials said.

The C-130 Hercules transport plane was carrying airmen who had just participated in an Armed Forces Day ceremony, said a military statement.

The plane exploded and plowed into a Department of Labor training center. A rescue official said that a security guard was killed.

A doctor reported that the pilot, identified as Maj. Samsul Ilham, was badly burned but was still alive when brought to an army hospital. He died a short time later, the doctor said.

The four-engine turboprop aircraft, carrying 120 passengers and a crew of 12, was bound for Bandung, about 75 miles southeast of Jakarta, a rescue official said.

The official said one of the plane's engines caught fire about three minutes after takeoff and that another engine failed. The official government announcement said the cause of the crash was being investigated.

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