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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Indonesia Investigates Crash

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia -- Investigators picked through the debris of a Boeing 737-400 that burst into flames after careering off a runway in Indonesia, as forensic doctors Thursday struggled to identify the 21 people killed.

"In everyday language, parts of their bodies turned into charcoal," police forensic doctor Colonel Slamet Pornomo said.

A top investigator said the plane's front wheels snapped off as it landed at what survivors said was excessive speed.

About 117 dazed and bloodied survivors staggered from the jetliner after it smashed through a fence and came to rest in a rice paddy Wednesday. Most escaped without major injuries, although several suffered burns and broken bones.

Those killed were trapped in the wreckage of the Garuda Airlines plane after it caught fire, sending billowing clouds of black smoke and orange flames high into the air. The plane had been carrying 140 passengers and crew, officials said.

The accident at Yogyakarta International Airport on the island of Java was the third plane crash in as many months in Indonesia, raising urgent questions about the safety of the country's booming airline sector.

At least four Australians were among the dead, Indonesian officials said. One other Australian was feared dead, but her body had not been formally identified yet. Two other people remained missing.

Australian and Indonesian crash investigators examined the blackened fuselage and other parts of the plane scattered over the rice paddy at the end of the runway.