Plane crash in Medan, Indonesia. At least 74 have been killed

AT LEAST 74 people have been killed after a military plane – with more than 100 people on board – crashed into houses in a highly populated area of Indonesia. Smoke could be seen billowing into the sky as rescue workers raced to the scene. Dramatic photos show how the plane obliterated houses in a residential area in the Indonesian city of Medan.
Officials say at least 74 have been killed in the crash. The Hercules C-130 jet crashed into two houses and a car, crumpled a car which burst into flames and shattered a building which housed a spa, according to local TV stations.

Thousands of onlookers soon gathered near the scene of the wreckage. Adam Malik hospital spokeswoman Sairi M. Saragih said the hospital had taken in 20 bodies so far.

Two people who lived where the crash happened are critically injured.

Indonesian rescue personnel retrieve human remains from the scene of Indonesian plane crash

GRIM TASK: Indonesian rescue personnel retrieve human remains from the scene [AFP/GETTY]

 Residents gather next to the crash site of the Hercules plane in Indonesia

FEAR: Residents gather next to the crash site of the Hercules plane in Indonesia [AFP/GETTY]

“Flames and black smoke were coming from the plane in the air”

Eyewitness Fahmi Sembiring

The crash of the transport plane occurred just two minutes after it took off from Soewondo air force base.

Air force chief Air Marshall Agus Supriatna said the pilot told the control tower that the plane needed to turn back because of engine trouble.

“The plane crashed while it was turning right to return to the airport,” Supriatna said.

There were 17 military personnel on the plane, he said.

Medan resident Fahmi Sembiring said he saw the gray Hercules flying very low as he was driving.

“Flames and black smoke were coming from the plane in the air,” he said.

Firemen and security forces attempt to extinguish the fire surrounding the wreckage of an Indonesian military transport plane

RESCUE: Firemen and security forces attempt to extinguish the fire surrounding the wreckage of the plane [REUTERS]

Indonesia plane wreckage Medan

CHAOS: Thousands of people gather around the burning plane [AFP/GETTY]

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