Philippine Military Plane Reportedly Crashed

Philippine Military Plane Reportedly Crashed

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reported a military plane crashed in the southern region on Sunday (4/7). The fleet carried 92 people, including three pilots and five other crew members.

UMMATIMES - The plane carrying Filipino troops crashed and caught fire. The New York Times report, quoted by Reuters on Sunday (4/7), reported citing local military commanders, that 17 bodies had been recovered and the death toll was expected to rise.

The Philippine Air Force said the plane that crashed was a Lockheed C-130. This plane had an accident while landing. "Rescue efforts are ongoing," he said.

Images at the scene showed flames and smoke billowing from the wreckage of the plane among the trees in Patikul in Sulu province. The area is where the army has been fighting the militia for a long time.

Armed forces chief Cirilito Sobejana told reporters that at least 40 people had been rescued from the downed plane and were now being treated.