The death toll from a C-130 military plane crash in the southern Philippines has risen to 52, the Philippine military said on Monday (July 5), providing a new estimate. Also, although there is no information on whether the pilots survived the crash, 51 people, mostly soldiers, were injured.
The Armed Forces chief said a 96-member military plane had crashed Sunday while attempting to land on Jolo Island (south).
“The whole country is in mourning,” said Harry Rogue, a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte. Security forces are searching for the flight record of the Hercules C-130 aircraft in a coconut grove.
“We have people on the ground, especially the air recorder, to ensure the integrity of the recovered clues,” said military spokesman General Edgard Arevalo.
“We are trying to recover any recordings, including radio conversations between the pilot and the control tower,” he said.
The previous estimate was 50 deaths and the first estimate was 17 deaths.