A C-130 Hercules military plane carrying 96 people crashed in Patikul, Sulu, on Sunday, July 4, killing at least 49 military personnel and three civilians, according to latest reports as of 6 pm Monday, July 5.
The Sunday tragedy is the latest in a string of military aircraft accidents. It happened less than a month after six were killed in a helicopter crash in Tarlac on June 23.
Rappler counted at least 15 accidents involving military aircraft in the past decade, or since April 2011, based on published reports. The number of fatalities in Sulu is the biggest crash casualty in recent Philippine military history.
Six people were killed when an S-70i Black Hawk Utility helicopter crashed evening of June 23, 2021 in Tarlac.
The crash site was a few miles from the Colonel Ernest Rabina Air Base in Capas, Tarlac.
The chopper of the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) missed its estimated time of arrival at Clark Air Base, prompting authorities to conduct search and rescue operations.
Senator Richard Gordon called for a Senate probe into the crash, adding that “it would be best to give the right support to our men in uniform.”
A pilot was killed while three were injured when an MD520MG helicopter they were on crashed in Getafe, Bohol, on April 27, 2021.
They were conducting an engineering flight when the aircraft from PAF's 15th Strike Wing crashed due to mechanical failure.
PAF grounded the fleet after the crash and assured the public that “all of its air assets are undergoing strict, regular, and redundant maintenance inspections before and after flight missions.”
All seven people on board were killed when a military aircraft crashed in Impasugong town, Bukidnon, on January 16, 2021. The chopper was on a supply run in the mountains near the town.
According to witnesses, the UH-1H Huey helicopter went "in nose dive position before hitting the ground." The fatalities included five military personnel and two from Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU).
Authorities told Rappler that the crash site was a "geographically isolated area and 6 hours away from the town proper. "
The S76 Sikorsky helicopter, according to a report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, was an ambulance aircraft from PAF's 505th Search and Rescue Group.
Initial assessment by authorities showed that the crash might have been caused by "bad weather."
Four military personnel were killed while one was injured when a PAF helicopter crashed while taking off on July 23, 2020 at the Cauayan Air Station in Isabela.
The crew members of the UH-1D Huey helicopter were conducting proficiency training for night flying when their helicopter crashed.
The chopper was assigned to the PAF's 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing, according to a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
A North American Rockwell OV-10 aircraft from PAF's 15th Strike Wing crashed as it neared landing at Sangley Airport in Cavite on May 24, 2019.
The aircraft was used for a scheduled proficiency flight. The two pilots survived after being safely ejected.
PAF grounded its OV-10 fleet after the mishap as it conducted investigation.
A Sokol helicopter of the PAF crash-landed at Crow's Valley in Capas, Tarlac, on November 28, 2018, injuring crew members and passengers, including Cooperative NATCCO Network Party (COOP-NATCCO) Representative Anthony Bravo.
Three soldiers were killed while one was injured when a PAF UH-1D helicopter crashed in Barangay Sampaloc in Tanay, Rizal, on May 4, 2017.
The chopper, which was being used for training, had trouble as it prepared to land, according to authorities.
Four people were injured when a PAF Sokol helicopter crash landed in Palawan on November 8, 2016 after experiencing a mechanical problem while on a reconnaissance flight.
Among those injured were then-Mimaropa police regional director Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor and 3 others.
The aircraft was carrying 13 passengers. The pilots, according to reports, was attempting an emergency landing when the chopper crashed.
A PAF UH-1D helicopter crash landed in Sitio Lamsalo in Malapatan, Sarangani, on November 7, 2015 due to strong winds while it was landing.
The aircraft was on a casualty evacuation mission for members of the 73rd Infantry Battalion when the incident occurred.
The nine people on board suffered minor injuries.
A Huey UH-1H helicopter from the PAF crashed while it was about to take off inside the 4th Infantry Division headquarters in Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro on February 4, 2015.
According to reports, the chopper was only three to five feet above ground when it crashed and rolled over. The four people on board – two pilots and two crewmembers – survived.
The aircraft was on its way back to the Lumbia Airport after transporting military personnel. Following the mishap, the PAF grounded its UH-1H fleet.
Two pilots were killed when a PAF trainer aircraft crashed 500 meters off the coast of Barangay Bucana in Nasugbu, Batangas on morning of January 31, 2015.
The aircraft was part of a 3-aircraft formation training mission and took off from the Fernando Air base in Lipa City.
Armed Forces of the Philippines
A Sokol helicopter crashed inside Camp Ranao in Marawi City on August 7, 2014, injuring 2 of its passengers.
The passengers on board included then 4th Infantry Division commanding general Major General Ricardo Visaya, who was accompanying other government officials.
The aircraft just took off when it crashed due to sudden loss of engine power, according to authorities.
It was initially reported missing after failing to return to base from a training flight. The aircraft's two pilots made last contact with authorities 7 nautical miles from the airport.
Authorities located the nose of the aircraft and other floating debris off the coast of Puerto Princesa Bay.
An AS-211 jet aircraft crashed off the coast of Bagac, Bataan on April 28, 2011, killing two pilots on board.
Jodesz Gavilan is a writer and researcher for Rappler and its investigative arm, Newsbreak. She covers human rights and also hosts the weekly podcast Newsbreak: Beyond the Stories. She joined Rappler in 2014 after obtaining her journalism degree from the University of the Philippines.