Seventeen killed, 40 rescued after military plane misses runway in Philippines.

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.

Delfin Lorenzana said about 40 others were rescued from the burning wreckage of the C-130 aircraft in Bangkal village in the mountainous town of Patikul in the southern Sulu province.

He said the Philippine air force plane had 92 people on board, including three pilots and five crew members. The rest were army personnel.

Chief of staff Gen Cirilito Sobejana said the aircraft was transporting troops from southern Cagayan de Oro city.

“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

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