50 dead as AFP concludes retrieval operations C-130 military plane crash

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has concluded the retrieval operations on the crashed PH Air Force C-130 in Patikul, Sulu, that left 50 soldiers and civilians dead and 53 others injured.
All 96 soldiers aboard the ill-fated are accounted for. Forty-seven military personnel and 3 civilians were killed.
Meanwhile, 49 military personnel and 4 civilians were wounded due to the C-130 crash.

The military plane “missed the runway while trying to regain power,”  Gen. Cirilito Sobejana earlier said.

“Seasoned pilots ito at experienced crew ito. Sa initial information na meron tayo, tama naman ang kaniyang bilis…Tama ang approach speed, nasa tamang spot siya lumapag sa runway,” he said.

(These are seasoned pilots and experienced crew. Initial information showed that their speed was right…their approach speed was right, and they landed in the correct spot on the runway.)

The remaining C-130 planes were not allowed to fly, said Arevalo. Three are undergoing maintenance, he added.

50 dead as AFP concludes retrieval operations C-130 crash

With tail number 5125, the aircraft took off from Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base to Lumbia Airport and subsequently ferried personnel to Jolo, Philippine  Spokesman Lt. Col. Maynard Mariano earlier said.

“Sila po ay nakatakdang magsilibi sa ilalim ng 11th Infantry Division na nakadeploy sa Sulu, magiging augmentation sana sila ng puwersa,” Arevalo said.

(They were supposed to serve under the 11th Infantry Division deployed in Sulu, they were supposed to augment its forces.)

Meanwhile, the Bangsamoro government said the C-130 that crashed in Sulu brought COVID-19 medicines and equipment to the .

It also extended its condolences and sympathy to the families of those killed in the C-130 military cargo plane crash on Sunday, July 4.

“We condole with the families and loved ones of those who perished in the plane crash in Patikul, Sulu. Our heart goes out to you,” said Minister Naguib Sinarimbo, spokesperson for the Bangsamoro government and head of the Rapid Emergency Action Response on Disaster Incidence (READi) under the Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG).

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