MANILA — A Philippine Air Force airplane with 85 troopers aboard crashed on the southern island of Jolo on Sunday, officers mentioned. At least 17 folks had been killed, and it was feared that the toll would climb.
The head of the Philippine armed forces, Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, mentioned the airplane missed a runway whereas making an attempt to land. He mentioned it crashed close to a village known as Bangkal within the city of Patikul, a stronghold of the Muslim militant group often known as Abu Sayyaf. He mentioned 40 folks had been rescued.
“We are doing our best effort to rescue the passengers, our ground commanders are already there,” General Sobejana mentioned. “They are trying their best to put out the fire. So far we have 40 people rescued and being treated.”
Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, a prime commander within the area, mentioned 17 our bodies had been discovered.
In addition to the troopers, the airplane, a C-130 Hercules, was carrying 5 army autos. The C-130 is an American-built turboprop that’s generally utilized by militaries around the globe and is typically stored in service for many years.
The Philippine army has been making an attempt to modernize its getting old fleet. Earlier this month, a newly acquired Black Hawk helicopter crashed throughout an evening coaching flight, killing six folks onboard.
That crash occurred about two months after one other helicopter, an MG-520 assault chopper, crashed within the central Philippines, killing its pilot. And in January, a refurbished UH-1H Vietnam War-era Huey helicopter additionally crashed within the south, killing seven troopers.