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AT LEAST 116 FEARED DEAD IN SUMATRA INDONESIA MILITARY PLANE CRASH


MEDAN,Sumatra, Indonesia - At least 116 people are feared dead after an Indonesian air force transport plane crashed Tuesday into a major city shortly after take-off and exploded in a fireball, officials said. 
Buildings were left in ruins and cars reduced to flaming wrecks when the Hercules C-130 came down in a residential area of Medan, a city of two million on the island of Sumatra. 
Air force chief Agus Supriatna said the manifest showed there were 113 people on board the plane - 12 crew and 101 passengers - when it crashed, and he did not believe any had survived. 
"No, no. No survivors, I have just returned from the site," he told AFP in answer to a question. 
So far, 49 bodies had been recovered and taken to hospital, he said. Many passengers were likely to be family members of servicemen and women, said a spokesman for Medan airbase, where the plane took off. 
At least one child has so far been confirmed killed.
Medan’s police chief described the bodies as “crushed by debris of the buildings and the fuselage”.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed sorrow at the accident.
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