Philippine Military Plane Crashes, Killing Dozens

Lavern Vogel

MANILA—A Philippine air drive C-a hundred thirty plane carrying battle troops assigned to fight Muslim militants crashed and exploded when landing in the south Sunday, killing at minimum forty two military troopers on board and 3 civilians on the floor in just one of the worst disasters in the air force’s background.

At minimum forty nine other troopers were being rescued with accidents and survived the fiery noontime crash into a coconut grove outside the house the Jolo airport in Sulu province, including some who managed to bounce off the plane just before it exploded and was gutted by fireplace, navy officials stated. A few of 7 villagers who were being strike on the floor died.

The plane had ninety six men and women on board, including 3 pilots and five crew when the rest were being military personnel, the navy stated, incorporating that five troopers remained unaccounted for late Sunday. The pilots survived but were being significantly wounded, officials stated.

The Lockheed C-a hundred thirty Hercules was just one of two ex-U.S. Air Power plane handed around to the Philippines as element of navy guidance this yr.

The plane initially took off from Manila with only a few travellers, including a two-star military general, Romeo Brawner Jr., who disembarked with his wife and 3 children in Cagayan de Oro city, where he is established to come to be the new navy regional commander on Monday. The military troops then boarded the C-a hundred thirty in Cagayan de Oro for the flight to Sulu.

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