52 killed in Sulu military plane crash

All 96 passengers of the C-130 Hercules plane that crashed in Patikul, Sulu on Sunday, July 4, killing 52 people, have been accounted for, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Wednesday, July 7.

Forty-nine military personnel were killed in the crash, the military said on Wednesday afternoon.

In a statement releasing the names of 19 of the casualties, the AFP revised an earlier Tuesday tally due to the double-counting of one of the names.

"As of July 7, the total casualties are still at 49," the statement read.

The Department of National Defense said on Sunday three civilians on the ground were also killed, and four civilians were injured.

Among those injured, 18 were confined to the 11ID hospital while 32 were evacuated to Zamboanga.

The current death toll is higher than the initial 17 that Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reported at about 2:30 pm Sunday.

Lorenzana earlier said rescue and recovery operations were ongoing after the C-130 aircraft of the Philippine Air Force crashed at around Sunday noon while about to land at the airport in Jolo, Sulu's capital.

The military's update also put the total number of military personnel on the plane at 96, higher than the 93 from initial reports.

"A number of soldiers were seen jumping out of the aircraft before it hit the ground, sparing them from the explosion caused by the crash," the Joint Task Force Sulu said in a statement.

Most of the passengers were trainees from the 4th Infantry Division in Cagayan de Oro City. – with reports from Reuters, Jairo Bolledo, Sofia Tomacruz, and Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com