Manila — At least 17 people were killed when a Philippine Air Force plane carrying troops crashed and burned on landing in the southern part of the country on Sunday.
Lockheed C-130 transport planes crashed in Patikul, Sulu, far south of the archipelagic state, where troops have fought long wars with Islamic extremists from Abu Sayyaf and other factions.
“So far, 40 injured have been rescued and 17 bodies have been recovered. Rescue and recovery are underway,” Defense Minister Delphin Lorenzana said in a statement, adding that 92 were on board. It was.
Army chief Cirilito Sobejana said the plane “missed the runway in an attempt to regain power.”
Colonel Edgard Alevaro, a military spokesman, said there were no signs of an attack on the plane, but the crash investigation had not begun and efforts were focused on rescue and treatment.
Pictures of the scene showed a man in combat uniform roaming around, pouring fire and smoke from the debris scattered among the trees. A large pillar of black smoke rose into the blue sky.
Sobejana said in a message to Reuters that the plane crashed a few miles from Holo Airport at 11:30 am local time and was carrying troops.
“We are currently attending a survivor who was immediately brought to the 11th Infantry Division Station Hospital on the bus in Hololive, Sul.”