A Philippine air power C-130 plane carrying troops crashed in a southern province after lacking the runway Sunday, killing at the least 17 army personnel whereas at the least 40 have been rescued from the burning wreckage, officers stated.
Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana stated rescue efforts are ongoing. He stated the plane had 92 folks on board, together with three pilots and 5 crew. The relaxation have been military personnel.
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules was one in all two ex-U.S. Air Force plane handed over to the Philippines as a part of army help this 12 months. It crashed on touchdown shortly earlier than midday Sunday in Bangkal village within the mountainous city of Patikul in Sulu province, Chief of Staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana stated.
The aircraft was transporting troops from southern Cagayan de Oro metropolis, Sobejana stated. Government forces have been battling Abu Sayyaf militants within the predominantly Muslim province of Sulu for many years. It was not instantly clear what induced the crash.
“It’s very unfortunate,” Sobejana informed reporters. “The plane missed the runway and it was trying to regain power but failed and crashed.”
Sobejana stated at the least 40 folks on board have been delivered to a hospital and troops have been attempting to save lots of the remainder.
It has been raining within the central Philippines but it surely was not instantly clear if the climate within the Sulu area has been affected. The airport in Sulu’s fundamental city of Jolo is situated just a few kilometres from a mountainous space the place troops have battled Abu Sayyaf. Some militants have aligned themselves with the Islamic State group.
The United States and the Philippines have individually blacklisted the Abu Sayyaf as a terrorist group for bombings, ransom kidnappings and beheadings. It has been significantly weakened by years of presidency offensives however stays a menace.