Rescue work in a Philippine Army plane crash with 50 dead ends

The Philippine Armed Forces have completed the rescue and recovery of bodies following the crash of an Air Force plane that crashed on Sunday, killing 50 people.

“We have completed the rescue and recovery operation,” Air Force General Cirilito Sobejana assured CNN’s national subsidiary about the deadliest plane crash in the country’s history.

A total of 50 people were killed in this way, 47 soldiers who were on board and three civilians who were at the scene of the accident, and a further 49 soldiers and four civilians were injured.

Rescue work in a Philippine Army plane crash with 50 dead ends
Rescue work in a Philippine Army plane crash with 50 dead ends

The accident occurred this Sunday at 11.30 a.m. (local time) in the municipality of Patikul in the province of Jolo. According to initial investigations, the troop transport aircraft, a Lockheed C-130 Hercules from Mindanao, was unable to land on the runway at the provincial airport and crashed in a community village near the airfield.

All injured were initially treated in a hospital in Jolo, but some had to be transferred to Zamboanga for further treatment.

The army has said that among the passengers on the plane were soldiers who were to be sent to the Sulu region as part of the Philippine government’s anti-terrorist campaign.

Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana has stated that on board the plane were three pilots, five crew members and the rest of soldiers traveling from Cagayan de Oro to Jolo.

According to witnesses from CNN Philippines, several soldiers jumped off the plane before it hit the ground, which allowed them to avoid the initial explosion, according to sources of the explosion, according to sources from the intervention and rescue forces.

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