The Sri Lankan Government today said that it was saddened by the crash of a military aircraft carrying armed forces personnel and their families in Medan, Indonesia, which has resulted in the loss of many lives.
“In this hour of grief, we express our heartfelt condolences to the Government and the people of Indonesia, in particular, the families of the deceased. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with all those affected by this tragedy,” a Foreign Ministry statement said.
The Indonesian military plane that crashed in a residential part of Medan likely suffered an engine failure, a top military official has told the BBC.
More than 140 people died on Tuesday when the Hercules C-130 exploded in a fireball shortly after take-off.
Air Force chief Agus Supriatna said that one of the engine’s propellers was found in a position which indicated it was not working.
Rescue workers have now ended the search for victims of the crash. The pilot had requested permission to return to base but the plane crashed two minutes after leaving from a nearby airport. (Colombo Gazette)