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Indian air force cargo plane crashes, killing 5 on board

NEW DELHI -- An Indian air force cargo plane inducted into service just last year crashed during a training mission Friday, killing all five crew members in the latest in a series of accidents that have hit the Indian armed forces.

The C-130J Hercules plane went down 115 kilometers (72 miles) west of Gwalior air base in the central India and the cause wasn't immediately known, Group Capt. Gerard Galway said. The air force has ordered an inquiry, he said.

Air force, police and fire brigade teams have reached the site of the crash near Karauli village in Madhya Pradesh state. The black box has been recovered and investigative efforts would now focus on what had led to the crash, officials said.

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