Philippines plane crash kills at least 17 as military flight with 92 on board bursts into flames on landing

AT least 17 people have died after a military plane crashed after missing the runway in the southern Philippines.

The Lockheed C-130 transport aircraft with 92 people on board crashed on Sunday morning while attempting to land on the island of Jolo.

Pictures from the scene showed flames and smoke pouring from wreckage strewn among trees as men in combat uniform milled around.

"So far 40 wounded and injured were rescued and 17 bodies recovered. Rescue and recovery is ongoing," Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement.

Military chief Cirilito Sobejana said the plane had "missed the runway trying to regain power."

A military spokesman, Colonel Edgard Arevalo, said there was no indication of any attack on the plane, but that a crash investigation had not begun and efforts were focussed on rescue and treatment.

The plane crashed in an area where troops have long been fighting Islamist militants.


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