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29 killed after Air Force plane crashes in Sulu

Agence France-Presse
29 killed after Air Force plane crashes in Sulu
In this handout photo taken on July 4, 2021 and received from the Philippine military Joint Task Force-Sulu (JTF-Sulu), smoke billows from the wreckage of a Philippine Airforce C-130 transport plane after it crashed near the airport in Jolo town, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao.
Handout / Joint Task Force-Sulu / AFP
In a latest development, the death toll from the Patikul plane crash climbed to 50. Read that story here.

 

COTABATO, Philippines (UPDATE 5, 6:13 p.m.) — At least 29 people were killed and 50 injured Sunday when a Philippine military aircraft carrying troops crashed and burst into flames after missing the runway in the country's south, officials said.

Another 17 on board the C-130 Hercules transport plane when it crashed while trying to land on Jolo island in Sulu province are still missing, Major General William Gonzales said in a statement.

"This is a sad day but we have to remain hopeful," he said.

Ninety-two people, most of them army personnel, were on board the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft when the accident happened as it tried to land on Jolo island in Sulu province around midday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement.

Photos taken by local media outlet Pondohan TV and posted on their Facebook page showed the wrecked body of the plane engulfed in flames. A plume of thick black smoke rose above houses located near the crash site.

Armed Forces Chief General Cirilito Sobejana said the aircraft had been carrying troops from Cagayan de Oro on the southern island of Mindanao when it "missed the runway" as it tried to land on Jolo. 

The plane tried to "regain power but didn't make it," he told local media, describing the accident as "very unfortunate". 

"Responders are at the site now, we are praying we can save more lives," Sobejana told AFP.

Sobejana said the 40 rescued were being treated at the nearby 11th Infantry Division hospital.

Air Force spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Maynard Mariano said the cause of the crash would be investigated.

"We are on rescue mode right now," Mariano told AFP.

It was being treated as an accident rather than an attack, Armed Forces spokesman Major General Edgard Arevalo told DZBB radio.

The four-engine plane crashed near a quarry in a lightly populated area, First Lieutenant Jerrica Angela Manongdo told AFP, adding the rescue operation had finished.

Initial reports said the aircraft overshot the landing strip and broke into two, Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan told AFP. 

Most of the passengers had recently graduated from basic military training and were being deployed to the restive island as part of a joint task force fighting terrorism in the region.

The military has a heavy presence in the southern Philippines where militant groups, including the kidnap-for-ransom outfit Abu Sayyaf, operate.

One of the deadliest

C-130 aircraft, the work horses of the air force, are used to transport troops and supplies. They are also often deployed to deliver humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

The mishap was one of the country's deadliest military aviation accidents. 

Senator Richard Gordon said it was the fourth this year with "mass casualties". 

"Are we buying defective crafts w the people's money?" he tweeted.

Sunday's accident comes after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed last month during a night-time training flight, killing all six on board. 

Three pilots and three airmen died when their S70-i went down near the Crow Valley training range north of Manila, prompting the grounding of the entire fleet. 

The country ordered 16 of the multi-role aircraft from a Polish firm that made them under licence from the Sikorsky division of US defence manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

Eleven have been delivered since late 2020.

CIRILITO SOBEJANA PATIKUL PLANE CRASH PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE PLANE CRASH SULU
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LATEST UPDATE: July 6, 2021 - 2:03pm

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Retrieval operation is ongoing. 

FULL STORY: 7 dead as small plane crashes in Bulacan residential area

July 6, 2021 - 2:03pm

Contact has been lost with a passenger plane carrying 28 people in Russia's Far East, news agencies cited emergency services as saying on Tuesday.

The An-26 was flying from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana in the Kamchatka Peninsula when it did not make a scheduled call-in, the Interfax, RIA Novosti and TASS agencies quoted local officials as saying.

The report said the 28 on board included six crew members and that there were one or two children among the passengers. — AFP

July 5, 2021 - 8:04am

The number of fatalities in the military C-130 plane crash in Sulu on Sunday had reached 45 persons as of Sunday night, with 53 others injured and five unaccounted for, a military official said in Zamboanga City.

Among those killed were 42 military personnel and 3 civilians while 49 soldiers and 4 civilians were injured as of 8:40p.m on Sunday, said Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr.

He said the search and retrieval team also confirmed that five soldiers remained unaccounted for and are the subject of the search operations at the crash site and in nearby areas.

Vinluan said the civilian fatalities and those injured were residents of Sitio Amman, Bangkal village in Patikul town where the C-130 plane transporting soldiers crashed. — The STAR/Roel Pareño

July 4, 2021 - 6:04pm

At least 29 people were killed and 50 injured Sunday when a Philippine military aircraft carrying troops crashed and burst into flames after missing the runway in the country's south, officials said.

Another 17 on board the C-130 Hercules transport plane when it crashed while trying to land on Jolo island in Sulu province are still missing, Major General William Gonzales says in a statement.

"This is a sad day but we have to remain hopeful," he says. — AFP

July 4, 2021 - 5:05pm

The Philippine National Police is coordinating with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to extend assistance in the search and rescue operations for the C-130 cargo plane that crashed in Sulu.

PNP chief PGen. Guillermo Eleazar says he has directed the police regional director to check if there are civilian casualties or affected local residents.

"We are saddened by this unfortunate incident and we offer our deepest condolences to the family of our deceased soldiers," Eleazar says in a statement.

July 4, 2021 - 2:37pm

At least 17 were reported dead following the crash of a Philippine Air Force C-130 plane in Patikul, Sulu, Defense Secretary Lorenzana says.

So far, 40 wounded and injured passengers have been rescued.

According to Lorenzana, the plane was carrying 92 personnel including three pilots and five crew.

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