The death toll from the Philippine Air Force plane crash has increased to 29 following the recovery of additional bodies on Sunday.
According to CNN, one of the worst military air disasters in history occurred today in the southern Philippines, and rescue and recovery efforts continue.
According to CNN, the C-130 military plane was transporting troops from Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, to Sulu province when it missed the runway on the island of Jolo.
At 11.30 a.m. (0330 GMT) on Sunday, the plane carrying more than 90 military personnel and crew crashed into the nearby Patikul village.
“Troops and civilian volunteers rushed to the crash site minutes after it occurred to conduct search and rescue operations. According to eyewitnesses, a number of soldiers were seen jumping from the aircraft just before it crashed, thereby avoiding the explosion caused by the crash “Joint Task Force Sulu stated in a press release.
At least 50 people were hospitalised following the crash, with some being evacuated to the city of “Zamboanga for additional treatment,” the statement stated.
CNN added that the plane was carrying 92 personnel, including three pilots and five crew members, citing Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana. Lorenzana stated in a statement that the remainder were army personnel reporting for duty.
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