A Philippines military plane has crashed in Sulu province. At least 40 people have been rescued so far, according to the country’s military chief.
Philippines military chief Cirilito Sobejana confirmed that a C-130 transport plane had crashed in Jolo, the province’s capital. The plane, which was transporting troops at the time of the accident, missed the runway while landing and crashed into a nearby village, Sobejana explained.
At least 40 people have been rescued so far. Military and civilian firefighters are currently working to put out a fire that has reportedly engulfed much of the aircraft.
Reports citing the military said that at least 85 passengers were aboard the aircraft. A photograph purportedly taken near the crash site shows a large billow of smoke rising up into the sky.
Makapal na usok mula sa bumagsak na eroplano sa Patikul, Sulu ang sumalubong sa mga residente ngayong Linggo ng umaga, Hulyo 4. pic.twitter.com/7wcnQOBOzb
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