Red Cross first on the scene after plane crash in Indonesia

تم النشر: 1 يوليه 2015 11:41 CET

By Kate Roux, IFRC

The Indonesian Red Cross is providing support and assistance to the community affected by the recent plane crash in Medan. The society, known locally as Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI), sent 20 volunteers and five ambulances to the site of the accident, where an Indonesian Air Force plane had crashed into a residential area in the country’s third larges city.

So far, 91 bodies have been removed from the scene, and were taken to the nearest hospital by Red Cross ambulances in collaboration with the Indonesian National Army. Sources say that 113 people - including 12 crew - were on board the Hercules C-130 aircraft when it crashed just minutes after taking off. 

The plane exploded into flames and slammed into several homes and a hotel. Local reports say the buildings were largely empty at the time of the crash, but the death toll is expected to rise as search-and-rescue workers comb through the site.

In addition to providing transport services, the Red Cross is involved in search-and-rescue operations with local authorities and will also be on hand to provide psychosocial support to others affected by the disaster. For further updates, please visit the Palang Merah Indonesia Facebook page.