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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

30 Killed in Dutch Air Crash

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands -- Thirty people were killed when a Belgian air force Hercules transport plane carrying members of a Dutch military band crashed Monday at Eindhoven Airport in the southern Netherlands, Dutch media reported.


The death toll was given by both Dutch radio and television, but no official confirmation from military authorities was available.


Dutch television said the death toll included the four Belgian crew members; at least 11 people were wounded and four were unaccounted for.


Earlier, the commander of Welschap, the military section of the airport, confirmed that at least 26 people were killed, according to Dutch television.


The Belgian Defense Ministry said the four-engine turboprop was carrying its normal complement of four crew members as well as 50 Dutch military musicians on a flight from the Italian city of Villafranca.


Eyewitnesses in the Dutch city 200 kilometers south of Amsterdam observed the plane making unusual maneuvers shortly before the crash at the military section of the airport.


The Hercules C-130 was based in Melsbroek outside Brussels.


Immediately after the crash, the airport was cordoned off to keep away "disaster tourists" as they are called in the Netherlands, and regional hospitals were put on high alert.


The Hercules, which is often used as a troop transport, crashed about 6 p.m. local time, but the cause of the crash was not immediately available.





The airport serves as the base for the Royal Dutch Air Forces Squadron 334 of the Hercules planes.