Indonesia Plane Crash Kills at Least 68

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 19, 2009 10:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – An Indonesian military plane carrying 112 people crashed and burst into flames today, killing at least 68, officials said. Dozens of people were injured and more were feared dead, with local television flashing footage of fire engulfing the wreckage and soldiers carrying bodies on stretchers. The C-130 Hercules was on a routine training mission when it crashed near an air force base in East Java province.

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The plane smashed into four houses in Geplak village, before skidding into a rice field. "We heard a loud explosion," a villager told El-Shinta radio. He said the plane was shaking before it tumbled to the ground and appeared to have split in two. A series of commercial airline crashes in recent years has killed more than 120 people in Indonesia. (Read more Indonesia stories.)

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