The death toll in Sunday's plane crash of a Philippine military plane in the southwest of the country rose to 45, CNN Philippines broadcaster reported citing the country's defense ministry.
Out of these 45, 42 died on board of the plane, and three more on the ground. The rescue operation continues, and 42 people were found alive.
A #Philippines Army Military C-130 plane carrying at least 85 people have crashed.— Aviationroundtable (@Aviationroundt1) July 4, 2021
Many of the passengers had recently graduated from basic military training and were being deployed to the restive Jolo island as part of a joint task force fighting terrorism in the region. pic.twitter.com/2fMk4sCsSA
He added that 17 people remain unaccounted for while 50 have been hospitalised.
17 soldiers died while 40 injuried after #Philippines' C-130 military plane crashed in southern town; Patikul Sulu on Sunday afternoon. Search, rescue and retrieval is still ongoing. @EHAhaber— CHRISTOPHER TIRAMBULO (@TIRAMBULOTOPE) July 4, 2021
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Earlier in the day, a C-130 plane crashed while attempting to land on Jolo Island in the Sulu province. General Sirilito Sobehana, chief of staff of the Philippine Armed Forces, said the plane missed the runway. Lorenzana previously reported that, according to preliminary data, there were 92 people on board, including three pilots and five other crew members.