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Philippines: C-130 military plane crashes, 17 killed and 40 injured

A Philippine C-130 military plane carrying troops on board has crashed in the country's southern region.

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In an unfortunate turn of events, On Sunday morning, A Philippine air force C-130 aircraft carrying troops crashed in a southern province Sunday after missing the runway and at least 40 people on board were rescued, confirmed the military chief.

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News agency ANI tweeted: “A Philippine military plane carrying 85 people crashes, AFP quoted Armed Forces Chief Cirilito Sobejana as saying.”

“At least 17 killed and 15 rescued from the burning wreckage of Philippine’s C-130 military plane crash: AFP,” wrote ANI in another tweet.

“#UPDATE | “17 killed, 40 injured when a Philippine military C-130 Hercules aircraft with 92 people, mostly army personnel onboard, crashed while attempting to land on Jolo island in Sulu province,” AFP quoted Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana as saying,” wrote ANI.

A picture published by ABS-CBN News on Twitter showed smoke and flames.

Here’s the tweet:

Chief of Staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said that the plane was transporting troops from southern Cagayan de Oro city.

Sobejana told reporters: “It’s very unfortunate, The plane missed the runway and it was trying to regain power but failed and crashed.”

Further, in a message to Reuters,  he said that the plane had crashed a few kilometers (miles) from Jolo airport at 11:30 a.m. (0330 GMT) and had been carrying troops. “We are currently attending to the survivors who were immediately brought to the 11th Infantry Division station hospital in Busbus, Jolo, Sulu.”

Stay tuned to The Live Mirror for more updates.

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