Military nurse among those killed in Sulu plane crash

MANILA, Philippines – A father couldn't help but cry in sorrow as his daughter, a military nurse, was among the 52 individuals who died in the plane crash in Patikul, Sulu on Sunday, July 4.

1st Lieutenant Sheen Alexandria Tato perished in the tragic crash of the C-130 plane where she was the Flight Nurse. Sheen was 30 years old.

Military nurse among those killed in Sulu plane crash

Sheen's father, retired Col. Wilfredo Tato, wept as their family still couldn't accept the untimely passing of his daughter. According to the father, he was the one who influenced Sheen to become a military nurse in the Philippine Air Force.


In an interview, Wilfredo admitted they are having a difficult time accepting the fate of Sheen. He couldn't but question his faith in the death of his daughter.

"Bakit sa ganitong paraan ka kinuha sa amin ng Panginoon?" he asked.

"Mahal na mahal ko ang anak ko," he cried.

Sheen had big dreams of becoming a doctor and serving the country. Their family's hometown is in Pagadian City but they eventually moved to Davao City, where Sheen grew up.

Wilfredo revealed that Sheen wasn't supposed to be the nurse on the said flight. The assigned nurse took a leave because her child got sick, so Sheen was given the assignment.

Prior to the flight, Sheen informed her father that they were having a few problems with their flight but it eventually pushed through at 4:00 in the morning.

The military transport plane was carrying 96 passengers and crew before it crashed in Sulu. The majority of the passengers were new privates of the Philippine Army who were supposed to be deployed in Sulu.

Meanwhile, 47 survived and sustained injuries from the accident.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said the aircraft "missed the runway while trying to regain power" as it was landing at an airport in Jolo around noon.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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