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Dozens Dead In Indonesia Air Force Plane Crash

Military personnel remove an aircraft wheel at the site where an air force cargo plane crashed in Medan, Indonesia, on Tuesday.

Dozens of people are dead after an Indonesian air force C-130 Hercules transport plane crashed into a residential area in Medan, the country's third-largest city, shortly after takeoff Tuesday.

North Sumatra Police Chief Ins. Gen. Eko Hadi Sutedjo told reporters the plane was carrying 50 passengers. He said 37 bodies had been taken to the nearby Adam Malik Hospital for identification.

The Associated Press quoted Air Marshall Agus Supriatna, the country's air force chief, as saying it was unclear how many people were on board. The plane had traveled from the capital, Jakarta, and stopped at two other places before arriving in Medan, he said. Some of the passengers were the relatives of military personnel, he said, according to the AP.

The transport plane, which had been in service since 1964, had just taken off from Soewondo Air Force Base. Supriatna said it was returning to the base because of engine trouble.

In 2005, a Mandala Airlines Boeing 737 crashed into a Medan neighborhood shortly after takeoff, killing 143 people.

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