Fifty individuals were eliminated when a Philippine Air Force aircraft crashed in the southern Philippines on Sunday, the nation’s worst military air catastrophe in years.
The C-130 military aircraft was transferring soldiers from Cagayan de Oro, in Mindanao, to Sulu province when it missed out on the runway on the island of Jolo, CNN affiliate CNN Philippines reported, pointing out Armed Forces Chief Cirilito Sobejana.
The aircraft, which was bring 96 military workers and team, crashed into close-by Patikul town at 11:30 a.m. regional time on Sunday (11:30 p.m. ET.
“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 from the explosion caused by the crash,” according to a news release by Joint Task Force Sulu.
All victims have actually now been represented.Maj Gen. Edgard Arevalo, a spokesperson for the military, stated 47 army workers passed away, while 49 made it through the crash and are being dealt with in health centers. Three civilians on the ground were eliminated and 4 were hurt, Arevalo stated.
He included that the soldiers on the flight were fresh graduates and had actually simply finished basic training.
An investigative group got here Monday to search for the aircraft’s flight information recorder and probe what triggered the crash. They will likewise check out the reports of soldiers leaping from the aircraft.
Images from a regional TELEVISION station appeared to reveal the burning wreck of the aircraft and thick smoke rippling from the town. A big plume of smoke is seen in pictures of the crash rising through the palms to the blue sky.
Joint Task Force Sulu Commander William N Gonzales stated the workers taking a trip on the aircraft “were supposed to report to their battalions today. They were supposed to join us in our fight against terrorism.”