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Indonesia Investigates Military Plane Crash

Indonesian air investigators are sifting through the charred remains of a military transport plane that crashed into homes and burst into flames Wednesday, killing at least 99 people.

Officials said investigators are still trying to understand why the C-130 Hercules plane went down during a routine flight and have yet to find anything pointing to a possible cause of the crash. They have also refused to speculate whether human error was a possibility.

Military officials said the nearly 30-year-old plane was fit to fly and that weather was clear when it went down near an air base in East Java.

Witnesses reported seeing parts of the plane falling from the sky and hearing explosions.

The Indonesian air force said 15 people survived the crash. The plane was carrying more than 100 military personnel and their families, including at least 10 children. At least two people on the ground were also among those killed.

The crash, which is one of several recent military air plane accidents, has ignited a political debate over the country's defense spending.

Indonesian military officials have complained that their budget is not sufficient to ensure planes receive minimum maintenance.

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