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2 sisters, locked in an embrace, are among Indonesian plane victims

01 July 2015, 16:05

Medan - Among the 122 people aboard Indonesia's C-130 military transport plane that crashed into a residential neighborhood were two sisters, their bodies locked in an embrace.

A group of students from a Catholic high school in Medan screamed hysterically when a body bag was opened, revealing the badly bruised corpse of classmate Esther Lina Josephine, 17, clasping her 14-year-old sister.

"She looks like she wanted to protect her younger sister," says the school's principal, Tarcisia Hermas. "We've lost kind and smart students who had so many creative ideas."

Hermas said the sisters were traveling during school vacation to see their parents on the remote Natuna island chain, where the father of the teenagers is stationed with the army.

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says he has ordered the defense minister and the armed forces commander to undertake a "fundamental overhaul of the management of military weaponry."

In the wake of the c-130 plane crash that killed more than 140 people, Jokowi said on Wednesday the weapons procurement system should be changed.

He says, "we can no longer simply buy weapons, but should think to modernise our weapons systems."

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