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Indonesian Air Crash Kills At Least 147


An Indonesian passenger jet crashed Monday in a busy residential area in the city of Medan, killing more than 100 onboard and dozens of bystanders on the ground.

The Mandala Airlines Boeing 737 was headed to Jakarta with 117 people onboard when it crashed shortly after takeoff. The plane burst into flames when it hit, setting fire to several homes and vehicles.

Officials say at least 147 people have died. At least 15 people on the jet survived the crash.

The director of Mandala Airlines, Asril Tanjung, said investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash -- but that foul play is unlikely.

Scores of bodies already have been recovered.

Officials say the dead include the governor of North Sumatra province. Indonesia's Mandala airlines reports the plane was carrying 112 passengers and five crew members.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP, Reuters.

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