52 dead in C-130 plane crash in Sulu

MANILA – (UPDATED) A military aircraft carrying troops crashed on landing in southern Philippines, killing 52 individuals and hurting 47 others on Sunday, July 4.

At least 17 dead in C-130 plane crash in Sulu
A C-130 aircraft of the Philippine Air Force with tail no. 5125 figured in a mishap upon landing in Jolo. Photo courtesy of Pondohan TV

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced the confirmation of Philippine Air Force on the "heartbreaking crash of a C130 aircraft in Jolo, Sulu, with close to a hundred soldiers onboard including the crew."

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"I felt deflated upon learning of the 17 casualties but somehow, I’m now feeling a little optimistic as 40 have been rescued so far, and brought to the nearest military hospitals," Lorenzana said.

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Posted by Delfin Lorenzana on Sunday, July 4, 2021

Reports said the the plane had crashed a few kilometers away from Jolo airport at 11:30 a.m.

Military chief Cirilito Sobejana said the plane had “missed the runway trying to regain power.”

There were 92 personnel, including 3 pilots and 5 crew, on board, while the rest were Army personnel reporting for duty, Lorenzana initially reported.

The aircraft, with tail number 5125, took off from Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base to Laguindingan Airport and subsequently ferried personnel to Jolo, the Philippine Air Force said in a statement.

"Rescue efforts are ongoing," PAF added.

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Posted by Philippine Air Force on Saturday, July 3, 2021

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