At least 45 killed in Philippines plane crash

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Rescuers search for bodies from the site where a Philippine military C-130 plane crashed in Patikul town, Sulu province (AP)
Rescuers search for bodies from the site where a Philippine military C-130 plane crashed in Patikul town, Sulu province (AP)

At least 45 people were killed when a Philippines Air Forceplane carrying troops crashed on landing in the south of the country and broke up in flames on Sunday.

The Lockheed C-130 transport aircraft crashed at Patikul in Sulu province, in the far south of the nation where the army has been fighting a long war against Islamist militants from the Abu Sayyaf and other factions.

There were 92 people onboard the plane. Military chief Cirilito Sobejana said the plane had "missed the runway trying to regain power."

A military spokesman, Colonel Edgard Arevalo, said there was no indication of any attack on the plane, but that a crash investigation had not begun and efforts were focussed on rescue and treatment.

 (AP)
(AP)

Pictures from the scene showed flames and smoke pouring from wreckage strewn among trees as men in combat uniform milled around. A large column of black smoke rose into the blue sky.

Sobejana said in a message to Reuters that the plane had crashed a few kilometres (miles) from Jolo airport at 11.30am (3.30am BST) and had been carrying troops.

"We are currently attending to the survivors who were immediately brought to the 11th Infantry Division station hospital in Busbus, Jolo, Sulu," he said.

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