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Philippine navy plane crashed after ‘unrecoverable stall’: Armed forces

MANILA: A Philippine plane carrying troopers crashed in July after an “unrecoverable stall”, killing greater than 50 folks in one of many nation’s worst navy air disasters, the armed forces stated Thursday (Sep 2).

The C-130 Hercules transport aircraft was loaded with practically 100 folks, most of them contemporary military graduates, when it overshot the runway whereas making an attempt to land on the southern island of Jolo in Sulu province.

Many of the useless had been troopers being deployed to the island – a haven for Islamist militants – as a part of a counter-insurgency effort. Dozens had been injured.

“Based mostly on the investigating crew’s report, no single issue will be attributed to have completely brought on the accident,” the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) stated in a press release.

“The plane element, the environmental situation and aircrew response led to (an) unrecoverable stall in a important part of the plane operation,” it stated with out offering particulars.

Armed forces spokesman Colonel Ramon Zagala instructed AFP a element “failure” triggered a light-weight that “brought on the pilots to focus on that as an alternative of recovering the stall or doing the turnaround”.

The aircraft stalled after dropping “thrust and carry” at low altitude.

“Normally you’ll be able to get better a stall … when you’ve got altitude, in case you’re approach up, however on this case it does not have altitude,” stated Zagala, with out specifying which a part of the plane failed.

Nationwide Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana instructed a congressional committee listening to he had been knowledgeable the crash was attributable to a “confluence of many occasions”.

They included “faulty devices or methods, plus in fact the response of the pilot was not additionally applicable for the emergency,” he stated Wednesday.

The navy stated beforehand the C-130 was in “superb situation” when it crashed in sunny climate.

The complete outcomes of the investigation haven’t been made public. It isn’t clear if the findings had been additionally based mostly on info recovered from the flight information recorders, which had been despatched to the US for evaluation.

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