PAPUA- An Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 aeroplane crashed on Sunday in remote Papua province in the east of the country, killing everyone on board.
Three pilots and 10 other military personnel died, officials say. Air force chief of staff Agus Supriatna told MetroTV that bad weather was suspected to have caused the crash.
The Hercules C130 plane had taken off from the city of Timika, before crashing near its destination of Wamena at around 6:15 AM local time (11:15 PM GMT), said Ivan Ahmad Riski Titus, operational director of Indonesia’s Search and Rescue Agency. The crash site on Lisuwa mountain had been found, and the bodies of the victims were being brought back to Wamena, he said.
In June 2015, another C-130 military transport plane crashed. The accident took place in Medan, on the island of Sumatra, minutes after takeoff.
Those killed numbered 135 people, 122 military personnel and family members on board and 13 people on the ground.
In December 2014, AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed as it flew from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, crashing into the Java Sea after stalling following a sudden ascent. All 162 people on board died.