Indonesia plane crash kills at least 37

JAKARTA - At least 37 people have been killed in a military transport plane crash in a residential area of the Indonesian city of Medan, officials say.

The Hercules C-130 plane crashed into two houses and a car and burst into flames creating a huge fireball.

Military spokesman Fuad Basya told the BBC that the plane came down soon after take-off and that there were at least 12 crew members on board.

Officials say that bodies were recovered from the plane wreckage.

A major rescue operation is under way at the crash site which was covered in flames and thick black smoke.

The BBC's Alice Budisatrijo in Jakarta says that only the tail of the aircraft is still recognisable; the rest has been reduced to debris.

Our correspondent says that there are reports that people are trapped inside wrecked buildings and the nearest hospital is continuing to receive bodies arriving from the crash site.

It is too early to know exactly how many people were killed in the disaster, our correspondent says, or what caused it.

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