While many people in the United States are celebrating the Fourth of July, tragedy struck across the Pacific Ocean on Sunday in the southern Philippines when a Philippine C-130 military plane crashed.
The plane accident has claimed the lives of 50 individuals and injured scores.
The military jet was allegedly transferring troops from Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, to Sulu province when it reportedly missed the runway on the island of Jolo, according to sources.
Military commanders and generals from around the region have allegedly come forwards to speak about the deadly tragedy.
According to reports, area military commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan did not confirm the reason for the jet accident, but he did indicate that local witnesses said the plane seemed to overrun the runway before crashing.
Another military representative, Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, told reporters, “It’s a terrible situation. The jet missed the runway and attempted to restore power, but it was unsuccessful and crashed.”
While stating that the terrible incident would be thoroughly examined, Air Force spokesperson Lt Col Maynard Mariano emphasized that everyone should be focused on rescue operations for the time being.
“Right now, we’re in rescue mode,” Mariano said.
WATCH: This is the wreckage of the Philippine Air Force C-130 plane that crashed in Sulu on Sunday, July 4. The death toll as of the latest update is at 31, including 2 civilians. Sourced video
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— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) July 4, 2021