In the southern Philippines, a military transport plane carrying 92 persons, mostly troops, crashed.
The crash site on Jolo island yielded seventeen bodies, but 40 people survived and were transferred to a neighboring military hospital.
According to Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, the plane, a C130 Hercules, was attempting to land at Jolo airport when it overshot the runway.
The wreckage was engulfed in flames and smoke.
The jet, which crashed a few kilometers from Jolo at 11:30 a.m. local time (03:30 a.m. GMT), was carrying troops from Cagayan de Oro, on Mindanao’s southern island.
“It missed the runway while attempting to regain power,” armed forces chief Gen Sobejana told reporters.
The soldiers were part of the military’s increased presence in the Philippines’ south to confront Islamist insurgents like the Abu Sayyaf group.
Officials claimed there was no evidence that the plane had been assaulted, and that after the rescue operation was over, an inquiry into the reason for the tragedy would begin.