Death toll from Indonesia crash hits 11: Official

JAKARTA - The number of people killed when an Indonesian military jet crashed into a housing complex in the capital Jakarta has risen to 11, an air force spokesman said Friday.

Ten people were previously confirmed dead after the Fokker-27 crashed into a military complex in the city on Thursday.

“A woman who was critically injured in the hospital died. The death toll now stand at 11,” the country’s air force spokesman Asman Yunus told AFP. He said that nine people were being treated in hospital for minor injuries, including two children aged five and eight.

The Fokker-27 crashed into the housing complex within the Halim Perdanakusuma military airport compound at 2.45 pm (0745 GMT, 3.45pm Singapore time) after taking off from the same airport at 1:10 pm, killing all seven crew members. Four people were killed on the ground following a huge fire that followed.

The spokesman added that the search for more bodies ended early Friday morning and the plane wreckage had been taken away from the crash site.

“We finished the search and the clean-up work at 3am this morning,” he said.

Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago, relies heavily on air transport but has one of the world’s poorest aviation safety records. Military plane crashes are relatively common.

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