A plane carrying Philippine troops crashed and broke up in flames in the southern Philippines this morning with 92 people aboard. The accident occured at Patikul in Sulu province where the army has long fought islamist insurgents. The media has reported at least 17 people have been left dead in the accident. The plane is reported to experience problems during the time of landing. The rescue process is said to be ongoing.
The plane is said to be carrying 92 passengers including three pilots and five other crew members. The New York Times has reported that seventeen bodies have been found and that the death number is expected to rise as the rescue process goes on.
“Forty people have been rescued from the crashed plane and are now being treated.” Cirilito Sobejana who is the chief of the armed forces told reporters.
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