An Indonesian military transport plane has
crashed into a hotel and residential area killing at least 30 people. A military spokesman said that 12 personnel,
including the pilot, had been aboard the C-130 Hercules. The bodies of five of them have been found. Local television showed a neighbourhood of
houses and hotels in flames and black smoke billowing from the area. The Hercules transport plane was on its way
from an air force base in Medan to the remote Natuna Islands and crashed a few minutes after take-off. The pilot had asked to return because of technical problems. The Aviation Safety Network said, there have been 10 fatal crashes involving Indonesian military or police aircraft over the last decade.