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Death toll from military plane crash in southern Philippines rises to 53

The Philippine military announced today, Tuesday, that the death toll from the crash of a military plane in the south of the country has risen to 53.


And the Philippine English-language ABS-CBN channel quoted the commander of the Philippine army, General Cirilito Sobijana, as saying that one of the soldiers died of his wounds in the accident, bringing the number of soldiers killed in the accident to 50 soldiers, while the death toll was civilian. Three people are still dead, adding that some of the injured are in critical condition, and four of them are scheduled to be transferred to Davao City hospitals.


A C-130 plane crashed last Sunday in the town of Patikul on Jolo Island, 1,000 kilometers south of Manila, with 96 people on board. Military investigators managed to retrieve the plane's black box, and work is underway to analyze its data.