The Philippine authorities raised this Monday to 50 deaths from the accident of a military plane that occurred in the southern Philippines, three of them civilians, while 53 people, including four civilians were injured in the incident.
According to data from the Philippine Department of Defense, the three civilian victims were in the area where the plane hit, while the wounded, both civilian and military, are receiving treatment.
In this way, the 96 people who were on board the crashed ship, including 3 pilots, have been found, while the teams continue to search the black box to obtain information on the causes of the accident.
The ship, a four-engined C-130 Hercules, was performing the landing maneuver at an airfield on the island of Jolo when it went off the runway and was unable to regain altitude around 11:30 local time until crashing into a near field.
“By losing the runway (the plane) tried to regain power, but was unsuccessful and suffered an accident,” said the general commander of the Philippine Air Forces, Cirilito Sobejana, in a statement in which he specified that the The aircraft departed from a base in Cagayan de Oro, on the island of Mindanado.
Inside the aircraft were soldiers, most of whom had just graduated and were to be deployed in a battalion fighting various extremist groups Islamists taking refuge in the remote Jolo archipelago in the southwestern Philippines.
The incident caused a thick cloud of black smoke, according to videos and photos posted on social media by witnesses, as the flames devoured part of the aircraft.
The accident puts the old-fashioned back in the spotlight and the poorly maintained arsenal of the Philippine Army, which generally acquires second-hand and even third-hand aircraft and helicopters.
The crashed C-130 was delivered at the beginning of the year to the Philippines through the military assistance agreement with the United States, who operated the ship between 1988 and 2016 and that he 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.
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 The government pledged in 2018 to allocate more than $ 6 billion to upgrade the Army’s outdated arsenal.