A military plane carrying at least 85 people crashed in the southern Philippines on July 4, said the chief of the armed forces. So far 15 people have been rescued from the burning wreckage of the C-130, which crashed as it tried to land on Jolo island in Sulu province, General Cirilito Sobejana told news agency AFP.
“Responders are at the site now, we are praying we can save more lives,” Sobejana said.
Many 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 Muslim-majority region.The military has a heavy presence in the southern Philippines where militant groups, including the kidnap-for-ransom outfit Abu Sayyaf, operate.
As reported by CNN Philippines. A C130 plane of the Philippine Air Force crashed in Brgy. Bangkal, Patikul, Sulu at 11:30 a.m. today, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief Cirilito Sobejana confirms. He says rescue operations for passengers and crew are ongoing.
Sulu military commander Maj. Gen. William Gonzales on the ground to oversee search and rescue operations. According to AFP Chief Sobejana, at least 40 people have been rescued and are being treated at a military hospital in Jolo, Sulu.
Military and civilian firefighters on the scene to put out the fire that apparently had engulfed the C130 aircraft as efforts go on to search and pullout people from the crash site, AFP Chief Sobejana says.
C-130 aircraft of the Philippine Air Force with tail #5125 figured in a mishap upon landing in Jolo. The said aircraft took off from CJVAB to Lumbia Airport and subsequently ferried personnel to Jolo.
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