CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Thirty-eight army soldiers, most of them new recruits, were killed (not 59 as reported earlier) while 48 survived when a military cargo plane exploded in an airstrip, then it crash landed in Patikul, Sulu Sunday morning.
Maj. Rodolfo Cordero, of the army’s Public Affairs Division, said Monday that three unidentified civilians were also killed when the cargo plane reportedly mowed a civilian house in one of the worst military plane crashes in the country in recent years.
Cordero said that the cargo plane was transporting military personnel from the Fourth Infantry, Diamond Division, for the army’ s 11th Infantry Division, a newly created army Division in Sulu when the C-130 crashed as it overshoot the airstrip.
He said that the 4ID was sending the dental records Monday of the soldiers who were killed for identification because some victims were charred beyond recognition.
Cordero did not disclose the number of those seriously injured, but some survivors were also airlifted to hospitals in Zamboanga City for medical treatment.
The C-130 cargo plane carried Maj. Gen. Romeo Brawner, Jr. from Manila and his party Sunday morning to assume as the new Commanding General of the army’s 4ID in Cagayan De Oro City.
The cargo plane fetched the army personnel at the Laguindingan Airport for reassignment at the 11ID in Sulu Sinday morning.
Brawner was officially installed as the new Commandong General of the army’s 4ID Diamond Division, Monday morning vice Maj. Gen. Andres Centeno who was appointed as the new Army Chief in May, this year. -0-