At least 17 people have been killed after a military plane missed a runway and crashed in the Philippines, the nation’s defence secretary said.
He said the Philippine air force plane had 92 people on board, including three pilots and five crew members. The rest were army personnel.
“It’s very unfortunate,” Gen Sobejana told reporters. “The plane missed the runway and it was trying to regain power but failed and crashed.”
The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.
The airport in Sulu’s main town of Jolo is located a few miles from a mountainous area where troops have been battling Abu Sayyaf militants. Some militants have aligned themselves with the Islamic State group.
The United States and the Philippines have separately blacklisted Abu Sayyaf as a terrorist organisation for bombings, ransom kidnappings and beheadings. It has been considerably weakened by years of government offensives but remains a threat. – Associated Press