Military plane crashes in Philippines, 17 dead
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By Karen Lema
MANILA, July 4 (Reuters) – A plane carrying Filipino troops crashed and caught fire in the southern Philippines on Sunday with 92 people on board, and media reported that at least 17 people were killed.
The Lockheed C-130 aircraft had a landing accident, the Air Force said in a statement.
“Rescue efforts are underway,” he said.
Footage showed flames and smoke rising from the plane wreckage among the trees in Patikul in Sulu province, where the military has long been fighting Islamist insurgents.
The New York Times reported 17 bodies were found and the death toll is expected to rise, citing a local commander.
Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana told Reuters the plane was carrying 92 people, including three pilots and five other crew members, according to his early reports.
The chief of the armed forces, Cirilito Sobejana, told reporters that at least 40 people were rescued from the crashed plane and are now being treated. (Reporting by Karen Lema in Manila and Maria Ponnerhath in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard) ((Maria.Ponnerhath@thomsonreuters.com; +91 8061822749;)) Keywords: PHILIPPINE AIRPLANE / CRASH (UPDATE 4, TV)
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