Source Pravda.Ru

Indonesian President orders investigation of plane crash

Investigators are hunting for clues into Monday's plane crash in Indonesia which killed at least 147 people, among them 47 who were on the ground.

The Mandala Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed shortly after taking off from Medan. At least 14 passengers survived.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who visited the crash site on the island of Sumatra, ordered an inquiry.

Transport Minister Hatta Rajasa said investigators would look into why the plane failed to take off properly. He said it would be several weeks before the cause of the crash was known, the Associated Press reports.

Officials say the plane's flight data recorder has been found.

People have been looking for loved ones among bodies in a hospital morgue.

"I found my son-in-law because I remembered the trousers he was wearing," Asiyah was quoted as saying by BBC.

"She only remembers that when the plane went down and split apart, she immediately got out and watched as her eldest son was on fire," he said, quoted by AP.

Mandala is largely owned by Indonesia's military, and has been forced to cut costs in recent years to stave off losses.

The plane entered service in 1981, but was not due to be retired until 2016, and received a full service in June this year.

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
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