24 dead in Indonesian military crash

April 6, 2009 12:00 am

, JAKARTA, Apr 6 – Twenty-four Indonesian military personnel are believed to have died when their training aircraft crashed into a hangar at an air base in West Java on Monday, an air force spokesman said.

The Fokker 27 plane was making a landing during a regular training flight when it crashed and burst into flames at 1:05 pm (0605 GMT) in Bandung, 110 kilometres (74 miles) southeast of Jakarta, spokesman Bambang Sulistio said.

"The evacuation process is still underway but I don’t think there’ll be any survivors. I predict all 24 people aboard are dead as the plane has been completely destroyed," he told AFP.

"Until now, there’s no information that there are victims other than the plane passengers and crew."

A witness identified as Ari told ElShinta radio that he saw bodies in the hangar.

"I saw body parts scattered in the hangar. I didn’t see any survivors," he said.

It was not clear what caused the crash.



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