The crash of a military plane in the southern Philippines has killed at least 29 people. 50 people have been rescued alive. Rescue teams are looking for another dozen people among the charred remains of the device.
The ship was performing the landing maneuver at an airfield on the island of Jolo when the runway was passed and could not gain altitude again according to the Philippine Air Force. Many of the army personnel on board were new soldiers who had just received basic training.
The Secretary of Defense, Delfin Lorenzana, said in a brief statement to the media that at least 92 people were traveling by plane, including three pilots and five crew members.
“By losing the runway (the plane) tried to regain power, but was unsuccessful and suffered an accident”Sobejada said in a statement, in which he specified that the aircraft departed from a base in Cagayán de Oro, on the island of Mindanado.
Inside the apparatus were soldiers who mostly had just graduated and were going to be deployed in a battalion that fights against various Islamic extremist groups that take refuge in the remote archipelago of Jolo, in the southwest of the Philippines.
In addition to five military vehicles. The incident caused a thick cloud of black smoke, according to videos and photos posted on social media by witnesses, while the flames devoured part of the damaged device.
The authorities quickly deployed an emergency device to search for survivors and recover the bodies of the deceased among the wreckage of the aircraft.
“We are doing everything we can to rescue the passengers.” remaining, Sobejana pointed out.
The survivors have been transferred to a military hospital in the city of Busbus, authorities said.
In addition, the authorities have opened an investigation to try to determine the causes and motives that have led to the incident.
Another Army accident in the Philippines
The accident once again puts the ancient and poorly maintained arsenal of the Philippine Army in the spotlight, which generally acquires second and even third-hand planes and helicopters.
The crashed C-130 was delivered to the Philippines earlier this year through a military assistance agreement with the United States, which operated the ship between 1988 and 2016 and spent the last few years in a hangar on a US base.
In late June, six people lost their lives when an S-70i Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training mission near the Clark Air Force Base, north of Manila.
The helicopter was one of 16 acquired in 2019 and delivered last November.
As a result of this incident, the Secretary of Defense ordered the entire Black Hawk fleet to be temporarily grounded while a review was being carried out.
In January, a UH-1H helicopter used in the Vietnam War and later renovated suffered an accident during a supply mission in the south of the country, leaving eight soldiers dead.
The Government pledged in 2018 to allocate more than $ 6 billion to upgrade the outdated Army arsenal
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.