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13 killed in Indonesian military plane crash

By Karen Butler
A handout picture made available by Indonesian military rescuers shows soldiers and rescue workers inspecting the wreckage of an Indonesian military Hercules C-130 airplane after it crashed near Wamena, West Papua, Indonesia on December 18, 2016. According to reports, the Hercules C-130 crashed into Lisuwa Mountain, close to its destination in Warena, during a training exercise, killing all 13 people on board. Photo by European Pressphoto Agency/Indonesian Military Rescue Team
A handout picture made available by Indonesian military rescuers shows soldiers and rescue workers inspecting the wreckage of an Indonesian military Hercules C-130 airplane after it crashed near Wamena, West Papua, Indonesia on December 18, 2016. According to reports, the Hercules C-130 crashed into Lisuwa Mountain, close to its destination in Warena, during a training exercise, killing all 13 people on board. Photo by European Pressphoto Agency/Indonesian Military Rescue Team

JAKARTA, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Three pilots and 10 other military personnel were killed when an Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 plane crashed in the remote Papua province.

The BBC said the aircraft was carrying food supplies from Timika to Wamena when it went down in mountainous terrain near its destination early Sunday.

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Officials suspect bad weather was to blame for the crash during the short flight, which left Timika at 5:35 a.m.

CNN reported military personnel recovered the aircraft in the Lisuwa mountain area by 8:40 a.m.

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