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El-Shinta radio said several senior government officials were believed to be on the plane including North Sumatra province governor Rizal Nurdin, who was heading to the capital for talks with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The acting governor of tsunami-hit Aceh province, Azwar Abubakar, was also believed to be on board, the radio said.
There are conflicting reports about whether any of the 117 passengers on board a plane survived after it crashed in a crowded neighbourhood in the Indonesian city of Medan.
The two main hospitals reported that 137 bodies had been received from the crash site.
The plane crashed just outside the airport's perimeter shortly after take-off.
A spokesman for the airline said several passengers survived the crash of the Boeing 737-200 in the city.
The official Antara news agency put the number of survivors at six.
The head of Medan's Search and Rescue Agency said all 117 people on board the flight had died, along with 30 bystanders on the ground.
AT least 137 people are dead after a Boeing 737-200 airliner crashed into a densely populated suburb of the northern Indonesian city of Medan and burst into flames shortly after take-off today.
The Mandala Airlines jet bound for Jakarta was carrying 117 passengers and crew when it slammed into the ground just outside the perimeter of Medan's Polonia airport early this morning.
The state Antara news agency said the Indonesian Government believed all on board had been killed, but the Search and Rescue Agency later said at least nine passengers had survived.
Officials at the two main hospitals in Medan said 137 bodies had been recovered from the scene, where firefighters battled giant flames leaping from the smoking wreckage, which was scattered over hundreds of metres.
Australian consular officials were attempting to get a passenger list to determine if any Australians were aboard the airliner.
The director of the airline involved in yesterday's deadly plane crash in the Indonesian city of Medan says foul play is unlikely.
A Mandala Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed in a busy residential area just after take-off, killing 102 people aboard and 47 local residents in an inferno on the ground.
Officials say 15 passengers in the tail section of the plane, including a toddler under the age of two, survived the crash.
Mandala director Asril Tanjung says the cause of the crash is being investigated.
He says the plane was built in 1981 and was fit for eight more years of flying.
Aljazeera learned that the governor of northern Sumatra province, some of his aides and a parliament representative from Medan were all killed in the crash.
Foul play was highly unlikely, said the airline's managing director Asril Tanjung, adding that human error or technical failure may have been to blame.
Mandala, which is partly owned by the military, has recently slashed the number of flights it operates to stay in business amid aggressive competition by newer airlines.
Many of its planes are more than 10 years old.
AKARTA (Antara): Speaker of the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) Ginandjar Kartasasmita has confirmed that two DPD members, Raja Inal Siregar and Abdul Halim, were killed in the Mandala Airlines plane crash in Medan on Monday.
He said the two DPD members had been on their way to Jakarta to attend a series of DPD meetings.
Raja Inal was a former governor of North Sumatra.
He said that Abdul Halim read a prayer during the DPD plenary meeting attended by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Aug 23.
Edi Sofyan, a spokesman for the North Sumatra government, said North Sumatra Governor Rizal Nurdin and a former North Sumatra governor, Raja Inal Siregar, were on the flight.
They were heading to the capital for talks with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The spokesman said he had received a report that the acting governor of the tusnami-ravaged province of Aceh was also on board the flight.
Originally posted by Gools
Mr. Stevenson, do you have anything to add to the topic?
A contributor with two submissions telling an expert with over 150 how to do it? Oh the irony!
Please discuss the plane crash.
A plane crash involving political figures? Interesting.
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Last Update: Tuesday, September 6, 2005. 2:25pm (AEST)
Indonesian plane crash toll hits 150
The death toll in the crash of an Indonesian passenger jet has risen to 150, officials said.
A total of 103 crew and passengers died in Monday's disaster involving a Jakarta-bound Mandala Airlines plane, while 14 others survived, an official from the airline's crisis centre said.
Transport Minister Hatta Rajasa was quoted by the state Antara news agency as saying late on Monday from the scene that 47 people on the ground had also died.
The victims included North Sumatra Governor Rizal Nurdin, who was heading to the capital to attend a meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The crash, just seconds after the plane took off from Medan's Polonia airport, killed 102 people aboard the airliner and 47 others in an inferno on the ground.
Today, dozens of soldiers combed the crash site for human remains and a strong stench of burning hung in the air.
Miraculously, 15 passengers in the tail section of the Boeing 737-200, including a child under the age of two years, survived the crash and were being treated at a Medan hospital.
"I heard a bang then I looked up (to the ceiling) and there were balls of fire and then my son and daughter-in-law came to get me," Mariam, a 73-year-old grandmother said from the blackened wreckage of her house.
Originally posted by Chuck Stevenson
You want my professional writing credits?
Or maybe I should just lurk on the local news outlets and then post their stuff immediately?
Or maybe most of us should just STOP POSTING completely so that 'Experts' can have all the credit?