Defense chief: Probe on C-130 crash ongoing

By : Jigger Jerusalem Mindanao Today/01:51:50pm 07/19/2021


(Note: This news article was published in the print edition of Mindanao Today on July 7, 2021)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Investigation into the crash of the C-130 aircraft is ongoing days after Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana has ordered the military to exhaust all means to find out what caused the accident.

Reports said the military cargo plane crashed while it missed the runway during the landing sequence in Sitio Amman, Barangay Bangkal, Patikul town, Sulu on Sunday, July 4.

Official sources said there were at least 50 individuals who were killed in the crash – a few of them civilians and the rest of those injured are government soldiers.

The survivors have received medical attention in nearby hospitals, officials said.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft had 96 people on board, including three pilots and five crew.

According to Lt. Col. Maynard Mariano, Phil. Air Force spokesperson, the aircraft took off from the Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City to the Lumbia airfiled in Cagayan de Oro before proceeding to Sulu.

Many of the soldiers on board and those waiting for their scheduled flight to Sulu have undergone six-month training at the 4th Infantry Division training unit in Camp Bahian in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

Maj. Rodulfo Cordero Jr., Army’s 4th Infantry Division spokesperson, said many of the personnel have been deployed to the 11th Infantry Division.

“There are soldiers who served at 4ID, but were transferred to the 11ID because their residences are within that division’s area of responsibility,” Cordero said.

In a statement posted on social media Sunday, Lorenzana said “I have ordered a full investigation to get to the bottom of the incident, as soon as the rescue and recovery is completed.”

Lorenzana has also called on the public to refrain from spreading highly speculative statements about the unfortunate incident.

“With the investigations of the past mishap still ongoing, such speculations are as of yet baseless and disrespectful to the affected men and women of the Phil. Air Force, AFP, and their families.”

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