Methanol to blame for Russians' deaths in Indonesia: police

15th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Three Russian military aircraft specialists who died at an Indonesian airbase this week were probably the victims of methanol poisoning, police said Wednesday.

"There's methanol throughout all the organs in the bodies. Our conclusion is the three died from methanol poisoning," senior police officer Ahmad Musaddeq told reporters.

The trio were part of a 12-man team who arrived last week in Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi province, to help the Indonesian air force assemble and operate Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets, police said.

Police said the men had been drinking alcohol before they fell ill, and suffered from dizziness, nausea, breathing difficulties and were foaming from their mouths before they died.

Four foreigners were among 25 people who died after drinking methanol-laced palm wine last year on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, while 13 people died in similar circumstances in Central Java earlier this year.

© 2010 AFP

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