Death toll after plane crash in Philippines rises to 45 – Prime Time Zone


In all, 42 soldiers and three civilians died in the accident; five soldiers remain missing

EFE / EPA / JTFAccident with the C-130 military aircraft occurred during an attempted landing on Joló Island, in Sulu province

The death toll after a plane crash in the Philippines rose to 45 victims. O accident with the C-130 military aircraft happened this Sunday, 4, during an attempt to land at the airport on Ilha de Joló, in Sulu province, in the south of the country. Initially, authorities said the plane was carrying 92 people, including three pilots and five crew. However, number has been updated to 96 passengers. In all, 42 soldiers and three civilians who were at the scene at the time of the crash died. Another 49 soldiers were rescued and five remain missing. The Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft was carrying troops for military reinforcements from the Muslim-majority Sulu province, which have been fighting armed groups. Earlier, an armed forces official told the Associated Press that the runway at Joló airport is shorter, which may have led to the accident. However, there is still no information on the cause of plane crash.