Updated Jul 4, 2021 - World

Philippine military plane carrying 92 people crashes, killing at least 17

At least 17 people have been killed and 40 others rescued after a military plane carrying 92 people crashed and erupted into flames in the southern Philippines Sunday, officials said.

Of note: The C-130 Philippine Air Force aircraft crash on the island of Jolo marks the country's worst military air disaster since 1993, per Reuters. 30 people were killed in that crash and there were concerns the death toll could rise in the latest incident, the New York Times notes.

Details: Gen. Cirilito Sobejana told reporters the plane had "missed the runway" at the airport in Sulu province, Al Jazeera reports.

  • "It was trying to regain power but failed," Sobejana added.

Background: The American-built Lockheed C-130H Hercules was one of two aircraft recently granted by the U.S. government, Reuters notes.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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