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45 Killed in Philippine Military Plane Crash

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A military plane crashed in the Philippines Sunday afternoon killing 45 people.


Three civilians were among those killed when the plane crashed around noon outside Jolo airport in the southern Sulu province.


The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but witnesses were reported as saying that the plane with 96 people on board missed the runway at the airport. According to an air force official, the Jolo runway is shorter than others in the Philippines, making it harder to adjust if a pilot misses the landing.


Forty-nine soldiers, many of whom were able to jump from the plane before it exploded after the crash, were rescued from the wreckage.


The plane involved was a Lockheed C-130, one of two former U.S. Air Force aircraft given to the Philippines this year. 


National security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement Sunday that Washington is “ready to provide all appropriate support to the Philippines’ response effort.”


Some information for this report came from the Associated Press and Agence France-Presse.