C-130 Hercules cargo plane crashes in Phillippine


Posted on 04 July 2021


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Officials say a Philippine military plane carrying troops crashed after missing the runway in the country's south, killing at least 17 people and injuring 40 others. The C-130 Hercules cargo plane crashed as it attempted to land on Jolo island in Sulu province around midday, carrying 92 individuals, the majority of them were army personnel, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. The destroyed body of the jet was enveloped in flames in photos shot by local media source Pondohan TV and posted on their Facebook page. Near the crash site, a plume of heavy black smoke ascended above the houses. The aircraft was carrying troops from Cagayan de Oro on Mindanao's southern island when it "missed the runway" while attempting to land on Jolo, according to Armed Forces Chief General Cirilito Sobejana. He informed local media that the jet tried to "regain power but didn't make it," and that the event was "very unfortunate." The 40 rescued soldiers are being treated at the neighbouring 11th Infantry Division hospital, according to Sobejana. The cause of the crash will be probed, according to Air Force spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Maynard Mariano. Many of the passengers had just completed basic military training and were being sent to the unstable island as part of a joint task force against terrorism in the Muslim-majority territory. Terrorist groups, like the kidnap-for-ransom organisation Abu Sayyaf, operate in the southern Philippines, where the military has a strong presence. C-130 cargo planes are the workhorses of the air force. They transport personnel and supplies. They're also frequently called upon to provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief. 



Key Points


  • Officials say a Philippine military plane carrying troops crashed after missing the runway in the country's south, killing at least 17 people and injuring 40 others.

  • The C-130 Hercules cargo plane crashed as it attempted to land on Jolo island in Sulu province around midday, carrying 92 individuals, the majority of them were army personnel, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.



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