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Death toll from Indonesian plane crash at 142 as recovery effort winds down

Death toll from Indonesian plane crash at 142 as recovery effort winds down

The death toll from a plane crash in Indonesia’s fourth-largest city, Medan, rose to more than 140 people as a massive recovery effort wound down Wednesday afternoon. Officials said 122 people, including military officers and their family members, were on board the Hercules C-120 military transport plane when it crashed just after noon Tuesday. Sairi Saragih, a spokeswoman at Adam Malik Hospital, said 142 bodies had been recovered by early Wednesday, suggesting that the plane killed at least 20 people on the ground. On Wednesday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo promised an investigation into the cause of the crash and a review of the country’s air force fleet. "On...

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