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At Least 31 Dead After Plane Crash In The Phillipines


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Is it just me, or has there been a lot of plane crashes lately?

Just yesterday we reported of a Boeing 737 making an emergency landing in the ocean off the coast of Hawaii but today 29 members of the Philippines Air Force are now dead after their plane came crashing down which resulted in the plane catching on fire.

Two civilians who were on the ground also lost their lives due to the plane’s crash landing.

Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said there was a total of 96 people on board and so far 50 people have been rescued from the wreckage.

As of right now 17 soldiers who were on a counter-insurgency operation are still unaccounted for.

The Hill had more on the crash:

Authorities said Sunday that at least 31 people were killed when a Philippines Air Force plane crashed on landing, including at least 29 army soldiers and two civilians who were on the ground.

Videos and photos shared on social media showed large clouds of dark smoke erupting from the site where the Lockheed C-130 Hercules crashed and burst into flames, with pictures showing pieces of the wings and other debris from the plane sprawled in an area of the Bangkal village in the mountainous town of Patikul.

According to The Associated Press, Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the aircraft had 96 people on board, with at least 50 people rescued by emergency personnel.

At least 17 soldiers aboard the plane, which officials said was bound for counter-insurgency operations, still remain unaccounted for.

Reuters reported that the 50 people rescued were taken to area hospitals.

Fox News covered the tragedy too:

A Philippine air force C-130 aircraft carrying combat troops crashed in a southern province while landing Sunday, killing at least 29 army soldiers on board and two civilians on the ground, while at least 50 were rescued from the burning wreckage, officials said.

Some soldiers were seen jumping off the aircraft before it crashed and exploded around noon in the periphery of the Jolo airport in Sulu province, military officials said. Two of six villagers who were hit on the ground have died.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said rescue and recovery efforts were ongoing. The aircraft had 96 people on board, including three pilots and five crew and the rest were army personnel, the military said, adding 17 soldiers remained unaccounted for by nightfall. The pilots survived but were seriously injured, officials said.



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