By Marisol Bo-oc | 02:47 PM Juky 04, 2021
At least 17 soldiers were confirmed dead in the PAF plane crash in Patikul, Sulu on Sunday, July 4.
The Lockheed C-130 aircraft had a mishap on landing, the air force said in a statement.
Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana told reporters that the ill-fated PAF aircraft was carrying 92 soldiers.
Pictures showed flames and smoke pouring from wreckage of the aircraft among trees at Patikul in the Sulu province, where the army has long fought Islamist insurgents.
Armed forces chief Cirilito Sobejana told reporters that at least 40 people had been rescued from the crashed plane and were now being treated.