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Indonesian military personnel investigate the site where an air force plane crashed on to homes in the capital Jakarta(AP)

Indonesian military personnel investigate the site where an air force plane crashed on to homes in the capital Jakarta(AP)

Indonesian military personnel investigate the site where an air force plane crashed on to homes in the capital Jakarta(AP)

At least nine people have died when an Indonesia air force plane crashed into homes in the capital.

The turboprop plane hit eight houses, and a military spokesman said three of the fatalities were confirmed to have been on the ground.

He said the Fokker F-27 was on a routine training flight when it crashed in Jakarta.

An Air Force spokesman said the seven people on the plane include the pilot, co-pilot, instructor and trainees. All the seven have been rushed to the air force's hospital, he said but declined to reveal their condition.

Firefighters were sent to the site, which was already closed to journalists.

Orange flames were seen jumping several feet into the air as a huge column of black smoke billowed.

Hendra, a resident in the air force housing complex in eastern Jakarta who uses only one name, said he ran out of his house after hearing several loud explosions and saw flames engulfing neighbours' homes.

"I could hardly believe my eyes ... there was a military plane that crashed and hit the houses!" he said. "At once, the situation turned into chaos. All the residents fled in panic. Women and children were screaming hysterically."

He said he helped at least five injured people, mostly with burns, to a nearby Air Force hospital. He saw at least three more critically injured children brought into the hospital.

Local radio reported rescuers were still searching for more possible victims among the rubble.

PA