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At least 29 killed in Philippine Air Force plane crash

Sophie John and Yasmine Coles, CNN

At least 29 people were killed after a Philippine Air Force plane crashed in the southern Philippines on Sunday, officials said.

C-130 military aircraft were transporting troops from Cagayan de Oro on Mindanao to Sulu when they missed the runway on Jolo Island, CNN-affiliated CNN Philippines reported, citing military chief Cirilito Sobejana.

The plane carrying more than 90 military personnel and crew It crashed into a nearby Patikul village on Sunday at 11:30 am local time (11:30 EST). It is unknown if there were any casualties on the ground.

“A few minutes after the crash, military and civilian volunteers rushed to the scene for search and rescue. According to a press release from Integrated Task Force Sulu, witnesses said the crash caused the aircraft to land on the ground. Many soldiers were seen jumping off the aircraft to save them from the explosion.

Images from a local television station appeared to show the burning debris of an airplane and the thick smoke swirling from the village. Large smoke can be seen in the image of the crash rising from the palm of the hand toward the blue sky.

At least 50 people were hospitalized after the crash, some “evacuated to the city of Zamboanga for further treatment,” the statement said.

William N. Gonzalez, commander of the Integrated Task Force, Sul, said 17 personnel had not yet been described. These “individuals were to report to their battalion today. They were to participate in our war on terrorism,” he said.

Defense Minister Delphin Lorenzana said the plane carried 92 personnel, including three pilots and five crew members. According to CNN Philippines, the rest were military personnel reporting on the mission, Lorenzana said in a statement.

According to CNN Philippines, military and civilian firefighters have been deployed to extinguish the fire, and rescue operations are focused on pulling survivors out of the crash site.

This is the worst military aviation accident in the country in about 30 years, Reuters reported. In 1993, the Philippine Air Force C-130 crashed, killing 30 people.

Lockheed Martin C-130 Aircraft Recently arrived In the Philippines.It was one Of the two granted According to the announcement on the U.S. government website, the U.S. government’s military funding program February.

The crash on Sunday occurs weeks after the newly acquired S-70i Blackhawk Utility helicopter crashed during a night flight about 60 miles north of the capital Manila. All 6 people According to CNN Philippines, he died on board.

It was one Of many new battles According to the Philippine government website, a utility helicopter purchased by the military to modernize the fleet.

Military personnel were to strengthen the fighting battalion Abu Sayyaf, The Philippine Jihadi Group is based in Sul, who has been involved in bomb attacks and piracy for decades. The group declared loyalty to ISIS in 2014.

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