In News: Indonesian Air Chief Expects no Survivors from Crash
Air Marshall Agus Supriatna is now suspected to have taken in paid passengers indicating lax controls.
Indonesia’s air force chief, Air Marshal Agus Supriatna, says he expects no survivors from the plane that crashed on Tuesday.
The air force initially said there were 12 crew members on the plane. But the figures for the people on board have been repeatedly raised since then, indicating lax controls and raising questions about whether the plane was accepting paying passengers despite previous promises to crack down on the practice.
Hitching rides on military planes to reach remote destinations is common in Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago that spans three time zone.
Witnesses said flames and smoke streamed from the plane before it crashed.
Supriatna has said the pilot told the control tower that he needed to turn back because of engine trouble and that the plane crashed while turning right to return to the airport.
(With inputs from AP)
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