Indonesia plane carrying over 100 crashes

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian military transport plane carrying 13 crew and about 96 passengers has crashed in Madiun in East Java, an air force spokesman said on Wednesday.

The number of casualties was unclear, said air force spokesman Bambang Soelistyo, but a local official told Metro TV the plane had crashed into several houses and at least two people on the ground had died. "It's completely destroyed. only the tail was left," subdistrict head Wardi, who like many Indonesians uses only one name, told Metro TV.

Air force spokesman Soelistyo said the Hercules transport plane had been flying from Jakarta to the eastern part of Java island.

(Reporting by Telly Nathalia and Olivia Rondonuwu; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Jerry Norton)

Article Published: 20/05/2009