Sun. Jul 25th, 2021

A C-130 cargo plane of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) crashed on Sunday in Mindanao, killing 19 of the people who were onboard.

(PHOTO COURTESY: http://www.nytimes.com)

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that a total of 92 people were onboard the C-130 aircraft and 40 have so far been rescued.

AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said the C-130 crashed after it shortly took off before noon in Bangkal in the town of Patikul, Sulu.

“It’s very unfortunate,” Sobejana told the media. “The plane missed the runway and it was trying to regain power but failed and crashed.”

The 40 who were rescued from the burning wreckage and the injured were brought to hospitals.While the government has acquired more modern equipment for the Philippine Air Force like FA-50 fighter jets and Black Hawk helicopters, the military still relies on some decades-old and second-hand equipment like the C-130 cargo aircraft from the United States.

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