Indonesian Air Force C-130 Crashed Into A Dense Neighborhood In Medan

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In what is truly a horrific scene, a C-130 belonging to the Indonesian Air Force crashed in a dense residential neighborhood in Indonesia’s third largest city. At this time, reports state that 12 crewman were on-board the Hercules transport, and at least 43 bodies have been recovered from the scene. A frantic search and rescue operation remains underway.

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The stricken aircraft had reported to the tower that it had to turn back to Soewondo Air Force Base after departing from it moments earlier. The cause of the emergency was supposedly stated as engine trouble. Shortly after that transmission, the aircraft careened into the ground while in a steep right-hand turn back toward the airport.

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The Indonesian Air Force has a mix of C-130s, with about half the fleet being made up of quite old KC-130B and L-100 models and the other half the fleet being newer, recently refurbished ex-USAF and Australian C-130Hs. Reports vary, but roughly about 20 C-130s are active in the Indonesian Air Force fleet at any given time.

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Photos via AP, map image via Google Earth

Contact the author at Tyler@jalopnik.com.

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Hi Tyler I would like to add some info. The plane that involved were KC-130B airforce serial number A-1310 part of Hercules batch that comes in 1960s for supposedly exchange with captured CIA pilot that has been shot down on support mission for Indonesian rebels in North Sumatra.

And TNI-AU has confirmed there were 101 passenger and 7 crew. Most of them are soldiers en route for tours on border islands. There were unconfirmed rumors that there are civillians although it’s not been confirmed.

Also with the crash of A-1310 Indonesian tanker fleet is down to just one KC-130B. And for time being all B series Hercules is grounded.