Indonesia Air Force Plane Crash Cause: Why Did Hercules C-130 Plane With 13 On Board Crash?

20-Dec-2016 Intellasia | IB Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

An Indonesian air force transport plane, which was carrying 13 people, crashed into a mountain during a training exercise in the remote region of Papua on Sunday. The crash killed everyone on board the Hercules C-130 plane, a search and rescue agency official reportedly said.

Bad weather is suspected to be the cause of the crash, Air Force Chief of Staff Agus Supriatna told MetroTV. The plane took off from the city of Timika before crashing near its destination about 124 miles away in Wamena, Ivan Ahmad Riski Titus, operational director of Indonesia’s Search and Rescue Agency, said according to the Associated Press.

Titus said rescuers located the crash site on Lisuwa mountain and bodies of the victims were being brought back to Wamena.

The plane was reportedly carrying food supplies and cement when it crashed just minutes before its scheduled landing. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.

President Joko Widodo said on his Twitter account authorities will carry out a review to so that such incidents do not happen again.

Deputy Air Force Chief of Staff Hadiyan Sumintaatmadja said the Lockheed Martin-built aircraft was purchased from Australia where it was first used in the 1980s. It had more than 60 hours left before its next routine maintenance.

Indonesia has been plagued by transportation accidents in recent years. In June 2015, the same type of plane belonging to the country’s air force crashed near a residential neighbourhood shortly after taking off from Medan, killing all 12 crew and 109 passengers on board, as well as 22 people on the ground. Following the incident, Widodo had promised a review of the country’s ageing air force fleet.

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