Sabotage Ruled Out

Date: Mon Oct 07 1991 - 07:29:00 EDT

Source: UPI.
Date: 7 Oct 91.
Story Type: News.
Original Language: English.
Dateline: Jakarta.
Byline: None.
Text: Abridged.
Brief Remark: Forwarded.


   Authorities Monday ruled out sabotage as
the cause of the crash of an Indonesian air force C-130 transport plane
that killed 136 people.
   "There is no indication of sabotage," said armed forces commander
Gen. Try Sutrisno.
   He said the mishap was an accident and authorities were investigating
the cause of the crash, the worst in Indonesian military history.
   Air Marshal Sibun told reporters at a military funeral for the
victims of the crash Sunday that the death toll was 136, including 122
troopers, an air force major, the 12-member crew and a man on the
ground, he said.
   Officials said one trooper, identified as Bambang Sumadi, survived
the crash and was hospitalised. His condition was not disclosed.
   The C-130 Hercules transport carrying air force elite troops, known
as Paskhas, crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta Saturday and
exploded in flames as it smashed directly into a building housing a
government job training center in the suburb of Condet, east of the
   Witnesses said the four-engine turboprop plane was flying erratically
while other reports indicated the pilot tried to fly back to the
Jakarta's Halim airport after takeoff.
   The C-130 was carrying the military personnel back to their home base
in Bandung, 124 miles southeast of Jakarta, following Armed Forces Day
celebrations in the capital.
   At least five explosions were heard when the plane hit the ground,
officials quoted villagers as saying. The officials said the explosions
might have come from two fuel tanks stored in the building.