Air Force plane crash death toll rises to 11
Fri, June 22 2012 19:30 | 1216 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Air Force has revised up the death toll from the Air Force Fokker-27 crash, which happened on Thursday, to 11.
"The number of dead victims in the plane crash was initially 10, but another victim, Onchi Belorundun, died last night. So, the number rose to 11," Air Force Spokesman Air Commodore Azman Yunus said here on Friday.
Onchi, the younger sister of Major Johannes Tandi Sosan, was reportedly in critical condition and died on Thursday night.
Onchi and three others - Johannes` mother Martina Loren Sosan, his seven-year-old son Brian Sosan and one-year-old nephew Nevlin Tanonen - were inside their home, which was in the Air Force`s housing complex, when the plane crashed into it at 2.40 pm local time on Thursday.
"The four bodies have been flown to Malang by an Air Force Hercules A1315 belonging to Air Squadron 32," Azman said.
It was confirmed on Thursday that seven crew members of the Air Force Fokker 27 plane, which crashed into a housing complex near Halim Perdanakusumah airbase in East Jakarta, and three resident civilians were killed in the accident.
Co-pilot First Lieutenant Paulus Adi, who was reported to be alive and in critical condition after the incident, died at the Intensive Care Unit of the Air Force Central Hospital at around 7.30 pm.
Investigation is still ongoing into what caused the accident. According to several Air Force members, the plane had lost control minutes before landing.
Meanwhile, an eyewitness said the plane was trying to turn around over the Air Force hospital before it hit the residential area. (*)
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