42 soldiers and three civilians had perished in the military plane that crash on Sunday, July 4.
53 others, including 49 soldiers and four civilians were injured while five soldiers remain “unaccounted for.”
The military plane carrying army personnel crashed and burst into flames upon landing on Jolo island in Sulu province, the Department of National Defense said.
The department added:
“Retrieval operations are still ongoing.”
The department and the military said 96 soldiers were on board the plane. The civilians that either died or injured were on the ground.
Minutes after the crash, troops and civilian volunteers rushed to the site for search and rescue. “Per eyewitnesses, a number of soldiers were seen jumping out of the aircraft before it hit the ground, sparing them from the explosion caused by the crash,” the military said.
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