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Death toll from Indonesia crash hits 11

2012-06-22 17:32

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 spokesperson said on 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 stands at 11," the country's air force spokesperson Asman Yunus told AFP.

He said that nine people were being treated in hospital for minor injuries, including two children aged 5 and 8.

The Fokker-27 crashed into the housing complex within the Halim Perdanakusuma military airport compound at 14:45 (07:45 GMT) after taking off from the same airport at 13:10, killing all seven crew members. Four people were killed on the ground following a huge fire that followed.

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

"We finished the search and the clean-up work at 03:00 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.