The death toll in the Tuesday crash of a military transport plane in Medan, Indonesia, has risen to 70, according to an Indonesian Red Cross official.

Air Marshal Agus Supriatna, the Indonesian air force commander, told reporters that at least 49 bodies had been recovered. Twenty-three of the bodies had been identified, he said.

Supriatna said the C-130 Hercules initially took off from Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma Airport on Tuesday with about 113 people on board, but it’s not clear how many people were on the plane when it crashed. It made two stops along the way — in Pekanbaru and Dumai.

Supriatna initially told CNN there were 122 people aboard, including 12 crew members. But in a subsequent phone call, he said there were 113 aboard — 101 passengers and 12 crew members. The reason for the discrepancy was not immediately known.

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