MANILA—A Philippine air power C-one hundred thirty plane carrying fight troops assigned to fight Muslim militants crashed and exploded whilst landing in the south Sunday, killing at minimum forty two army troopers on board and 3 civilians on the floor in a single of the worst disasters in the air force’s history.
At minimum 49 other troopers ended up rescued with accidents and survived the fiery noontime crash into a coconut grove outside the house the Jolo airport in Sulu province, like some who managed to bounce off the plane before it exploded and was gutted by fireplace, armed forces officers reported. A few of seven villagers who ended up strike on the floor died.
The plane had ninety six men and women on board, like 3 pilots and five crew whilst the relaxation ended up army personnel, the armed forces reported, including that five troopers remained unaccounted for late Sunday. The pilots survived but ended up seriously hurt, officers reported.
The Lockheed C-one hundred thirty Hercules was a single of two ex-U.S. Air Drive plane handed above to the Philippines as component of armed forces assistance this yr.
The plane at first took off from Manila with only a couple travellers, like a two-star army typical, Romeo Brawner Jr., who disembarked with his spouse and 3 kids in Cagayan de Oro metropolis, in which he is set to develop into the new armed forces regional commander on Monday. The army troops then boarded the C-one hundred thirty in Cagayan de Oro for the flight to Sulu.