Philippine Military Airplane Crashed Killing 50 People


A Philippine Air Force plane crashed in the southern Philippines on Sunday, the country’s worst military air disaster in decades, 47 people were killed. The plane, which was carrying 96 military personnel and crew, crashed into nearby Patikul village at 11:30 a.m. local time on Sunday (11:30 p.m. ET).

The C-130 military plane was transporting troops from Cagayan de Oro, in Mindanao, to Sulu province when it missed the runway on the island of Jolo, smoke billows from the crash site in Patikul village, Jolo in the southern Philippines.

According to the press;

“Minutes after the crash, troops, and civilian volunteers rushed to the site for search and rescue. Per eyewitnesses, a number of soldiers were seen jumping out of the aircraft before it hit the ground sparing them from the explosion caused by the crash.”

All victims have now been accounted for. Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, a spokesman for the military, said 50 army personnel died, while 49 survived the crash and are being treated in hospitals. Three civilians on the ground were killed and four were injured.

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He added saying that; “The soldiers on the flight were fresh graduates and had just completed military training.”

An investigative team arrived Monday to look for the plane’s flight data recorder and probe what caused the crash. They will also look into the reports of soldiers jumping from the plane.

Images from a local TV station appeared to show the burning wreck of the plane and thick smoke billowing from the village. A large plume of smoke is seen in images of the crash rising up through the palms to the blue sky.

Joint Task Force Sulu Commander William N Gonzales said the personnel traveling on the plane “were supposed to report to their battalions today. They were supposed to join us in our fight against terrorism.”

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