Philippine military plane crashes after it ‘misses the runway’

A military plane carrying at least 85 people “misses the runway” and crashed in the troubled southern Philippines on Sunday, the armed forces chief said.

So far, 40 people have been rescued from the burning wreckage of the C-130 transport plane, which was trying to land on Jolo Island in Sulu province when the incident happened at 11:30 am local time (0330 GMT), General Cirilito Sobejana said. .

“While transporting our troops from Cagayan de Oro (in the southern island of Mindanao), it missed the runway and tried to regain power, but it didn’t make it,” Sobejana told local media, describing the accident. as “very unhappy”.

“Reagers are now on the site, we pray we can save more lives,” Sobejana told AFP.

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

Many of the passengers had recently graduated from basic military training and were deployed to the troubled island as part of a joint task force to counter terrorism in the Muslim-majority region.

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

C-130 aircraft, the workhorses of the Air Force, are used to transport troops and supplies. They are also often deployed to deliver humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

The accident comes after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed during an overnight training flight last month, killing all six on board.

Three pilots and three airmen were killed when their S70-i crashed near the Crow Valley training ground north of Manila, grounding the entire fleet.

The country ordered 16 of the multipurpose aircraft from a Polish company that made them under license from the Sikorsky division of US defense manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

Eleven have been delivered since the end of 2020.


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