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Iran Condoles with Indonesia over Plane Crash

Politics - Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman extended condolences to the Indonesian government and nation over the crash of a military transport plane in the north of the country that killed more than 140 people.

Marziyeh Afkham on Wednesday offered condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the tragic incident.

A Hercules C-130B aircraft, which went into service half a century ago, was carrying 122 people when it ploughed into a residential area in Indonesia's city of Medan shortly after taking off from an airbase.

A military spokesman said 135 people were confirmed dead, including all those on board the plane. The MetroTV news channel said at least 141 bodies had been brought to a nearby hospital, indicating around 20 people were killed on the ground.

The plane had been on its way from an air force base in Medan, one of Indonesia's largest cities, to Tanjung Pinang in the Riau Islands off Sumatra. Media said the pilot had asked to return to the base because of technical problems.

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