50 killed after Philippine Air Force C-130 overshoots runway at Jolo airport

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A United States Marine Corps C-130 Hercules, with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, departs from Antonio Bautista Air Base, Republic of the Philippines, after loading Philippine Marines, during exercise Balikatan 2015, April 15. The Philippine Marines used the C-130 as transport from Puerto Princesa to Subic, where they will train shoulder to shoulder with Marines from III Marine Expeditionary Force and increase interoperability between partnering nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Wesley Timm/Released)


Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila / Asia News Network

Manila( Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) — All 96 passengers of the Philippine Air Force C-130 plane that crashed in Patikul, Sulu on Sunday and killed 47 military personnel have been accounted for, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said on Monday.

Three civilians on the ground were also killed, bringing the overall death toll to 50, Arevalo said in an interview on radio station DZBB.

Forty-nine military personnel were injured.

The C-130 plane was carrying Philippine Army troops bound for Sulu to help combat terrorism.

The plane tried to land but overshot the Jolo airport runway.

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