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At least 10 die as Indonesia air force plane crashes into Jakarta housing complex

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Rescuers search for victims at a plane crash site near Halim Perdana Kusuma airport in Jakarta on Thursday.

JAKARTA -- An Indonesia air force plane crashed into a housing complex in the capital Jakarta Thursday, setting houses on fire and killing at least 10 people, including two young children.

The Jakarta Post reported that all seven crew members and three people on the ground, two boys aged six and two and a woman, were killed.


Alwi, an official at the East Jakarta Fire Brigade, said the Fokker 27 turboprop aircraft went down near a street within Halim Perdanakusuma air base. The accident happened at 2:45 p.m. local time (2:45 a.m. ET).

Media reports quoted witnesses as saying at least eight houses were burning.

Several of the aircraft’s crew were taken to a nearby hospital alive, but the Post said the last survivor, a lieutenant, died Thursday evening local time.

Indonesia Air Force spokesman Colonel Agung Sasongkojati told a news conference that the civilian casualties included the son and nephew of an air force major and his maid, the Post reported. The major’s wife was in critical condition, he added.

"The communication from the airplane to the tower was normal. They only asked for permission to take off and land," Agung said.

A senior air force official said an investigation was likely to take three months.

Last month a Russian-made airline crashed into a mountain while flying south of Jakarta, killing 45 people.

The new Sukhoi Superjet-100 hit Mount Salak during a demonstration flight for potential Indonesian airline buyers on May 9.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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