By Karen Lema

MANILA (Reuters) -At the very least 17 folks had been killed when a Philippines Air Pressure aircraft carrying troops crashed on touchdown within the south of the nation and broke up in flames on Sunday.

The Lockheed C-130 transport plane crashed at Patikul in Sulu province, within the far south of the archipelago nation the place the military has been combating an extended warfare in opposition to Islamist militants from the Abu Sayyaf and different factions.

“Up to now 40 wounded and injured had been rescued and 17 our bodies recovered. Rescue and restoration is ongoing,” Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana stated in a press release, including that 92 folks had been on board.

Army chief Cirilito Sobejana stated the aircraft had “missed the runway making an attempt to regain energy.”

A army spokesman, Colonel Edgard Arevalo, stated there was no indication of any assault on the aircraft, however {that a} crash investigation had not begun and efforts had been focussed on rescue and therapy.

Footage from the scene confirmed flames and smoke pouring from wreckage strewn amongst timber as males in fight uniform milled round. A big column of black smoke rose into the blue sky.

Sobejana stated in a message to Reuters that the aircraft had crashed a number of kilometres (miles) from Jolo airport at 11:30 a.m. (0330 GMT) and had been carrying troops.

“We’re at present attending to the survivors who had been instantly dropped at the eleventh Infantry Division station hospital in Busbus, Jolo, Sulu,” he stated.

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