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Military plane crashes in Indonesian city: death toll rises

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's air force said Wednesday it will investigate if the transport plane that crashed into a city neighbourhood, killing 141 people, was violating orders by carrying paying passengers.A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended. The dead included all 122 on the plane, including military personnel and family members, and people in a residential area of Medan city where the C-130 Hercules crashed shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, North Sumatra police Maj. A. Tarigan told TVOne station.The cause of the crash is not yet known, but witnesses said the plane appeared to run into trouble shortly after taking off from Medan - Indonesia's third largest city - for Tanjung Pinang, an island off Sumatra."It passed overhead a few times, really low," a witness named Elfrida Efi told the Reuters news agency."There was fire and black smoke. The third time it came by it crashed into the roof of the hotel and exploded straight away."Air Force head Agus Supriatna said on Tuesday that the pilot had asked to return to base because of technical difficulties."The plane crashed while it was turning right to return to the airport,'' he said.Military plane crashes in Indonesian city: death toll risesThe C-130 was carrying many more passengers than the military first reported. Initially, the air force said there were 12 crew members on the 51-year-old plane and did not mention passengers. It then repeatedly raised the number of people on board, indicating lax controls and raising questions about whether the plane was accepting paying passengers despite previous promises to crack down on the practice. Air force chief Air Marshal Agus Supriatna told reporters the C-130 was only authorized to carry military personnel and their families. He said he would investigate allegations of paying passengers.President Joko Widodo used Twitter to send his condolences to the families, wishing them "patience and strength".He also said he had ordered the military to carry out a "fundamental overhaul of the management of military weaponry". 
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