At least 17 dead of 92 people in a Philippines military plane crash

As per reports, on Sunday, at least 17 people have lost their lives after a Philippines military aircraft carrying around 92 people crashed in Southern Philippines.

Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana has said out of 92 people, most of them were army personnel were on board when the accident of C-130 Hercules transport aircraft took place as it tried to land on Jojo Island in Sulu province around midday. He added that as of now, 17 bodies had been recovered and 40 were found to be wounded and injured.

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Cirilito Sobejana, the Chief General of Armed Forces informed that while transporting their troops from the country’s southern part i.e. Cagayan de Oro, it missed the runway as it tried to land on Jojo Island in Sulu Province.

He said, “Responders are at the site now, we are praying we can save more lives.” The Chief General also expressed how “very unfortunate” the accident was to the local media. The plane had tried to regain power but failed to do so.

The 40 injured people are receiving treatment from the nearby 11th Infantry Division hospital.

The spokesman of Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel Maynard Mariano told AFP the plane crash’s cause would be investigated. He continued, “We are on rescue mode right now.”

The majority of the passengers on the aircraft had recently graduated from basic military training.

In June, a Black Hawk helicopter had crashed during a night-time training flight. All six people on board were killed.