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Scores Dead After Indonesia Military Plane Crashes Into Neighborhood


Firemen attempt to extinguish the fire surrounding the wreckage of an Indonesian military transport plane after it crashed in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia, June 30, 2015.

Firemen attempt to extinguish the fire surrounding the wreckage of an Indonesian military transport plane after it crashed in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia, June 30, 2015.

Indonesian officials say at least 49 people were killed when a military transport plane crashed into a residential neighborhood on the island of Sumatra.

The Hercules C-130 was trying to return to the airport after takeoff Tuesday when it slammed into a hotel and two houses in Medan, Indonesia's third-largest city.

Pictures from social media show the downed aircraft in flames, with thick black smoke coming from damaged buildings and destroyed vehicles.

The death toll is expected to rise. Local media and officials have said as many as 113 people were on board the Indonesian air force plane. It is not clear how many people on the ground were killed or injured by the crash.

A military spokesman said the four-engine turboprop aircraft went down minutes after taking off from a nearby airport. Local media say the plane was attempting to turn back because of unspecified technical problems.

Indonesia's military has suffered several deadly airplane crashes in recent years, including in June 2012, when a jet crashed into a Jakarta housing complex, killing 11 people.

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