(PHILIPINNES) JUST IN: At least 17 people are dead after an Air Force plane carrying troops crashed while landing in the south of the country, breaking up and bursting into flames #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.04: So far 40 wounded and injured were rescued and 17 bodies recovered. Rescue and recovery is ongoing,” Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement, adding that 92 people had been on board.

MANILA: Philippines Air Force plane crashes, killing at least 17 people according to Reuters the Lockheed C-130 transport aircraft crashed on Sunday at Patikul, in Sulu province, in the far south of the archipelago nation where the army has been fighting a long war against Islamist militants from the Abu Sayyaf and other factions.

Wreckage in flames of Philippine air force C-130 aircraft that crashed in Sulu province.
The Philippine Air Force C-130 aircraft crashed in a southern province after missing the runway.(Pondohan TV)

Military chief Cirilito Sobejana said the plane had “missed the runway trying to regain power”.

A military spokesman, Colonel Edgard Arevalo, said there was no indication of any attack on the plane, but that a crash investigation had not begun and efforts were focused on rescue and treatment.

Pictures from the scene showed flames and smoke pouring from wreckage strewn among trees as men in combat uniform milled around.

Mr Sobejana said the plane had crashed a few kilometres from Jolo airport at 11:30am (local time).

“We are currently attending to the survivors who were immediately brought to the 11th Infantry Division station hospital in Busbus, Jolo, Sulu,” he said.

Reuters

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