No more victims found after Indonesian plane crash

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Jun. 22, 2012 13:46
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Indonesian air force personnel carry the coffins of victims of an air force plane crash to a plane bound for Yogyakarta at the military air base at Halim Perdanakusuma in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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JAKARTA, Indonesia — Rescuers finished searching damaged and burned homes Friday without finding more victims of a military plane crash in Indonesia's capital that killed seven airmen and four people in a house.

The Fokker F-27 turboprop was making a routine training flight when it crashed into the military housing complex in Jakarta on Thursday about 1.5 kilometers (nearly a mile) from the runway where it was trying to land. The dead were two children, their grandmother and aunt in one of the eight damaged houses, and the plane's pilot, co-pilot and five trainees.

"Search and rescue efforts have been finished," said air force spokesman Col. Agung Sasongko Jati on Friday morning. "All the wreckage has been removed and there is no more new victim."

Eleven people were injured in the crash that sent raging orange flames jumping several meters into the air and a huge column of black smoke billowing over the homes. The two children killed were 2 and 6 and their grandmother and aunt had been visiting, Jati said.

An investigation into the cause of the crash was continuing and might take three months, deputy chief of air force Rear Marshall Dede Rusamsi said. "We have been collecting data since last night," he said.

Initial reports indicate that the pilots were fit to fly, Rusami said.

The aircraft, which was built in 1958 and has been used by Indonesia's air force for the past 35 years with 14,900 flight hours, was declared airworthy before it took off for its second training flight of the day under clear skies, Jati said.

"It seemed that the pilot was trying to land on a nearby paddy field," Jati told The Associated Press. "But it was not clear whether it was because of an emergency."

He said the plane did not have a black box, which holds flight data and is common on passenger planes.

The crash comes after a Russian Sukhoi passenger jet slammed into an Indonesian volcano during a demonstration flight for potential buyers last month, killing all 45 people aboard.


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