MANILA, Philippines – Several factors have caused a C-130 plane of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to crash in Patikul, Sulu, the military said Thursday.
Citing the investigation results, AFP Spokesperson Colonel Ramon Zagala said the crash could be attributed to a confluence of material, human, and environmental conditions.
“It was most probably due to actual or perceived material factors, and induced human factors which were aggravated by local and environment conditions,” Zagala said in a statement.
“The aircraft component, the environmental condition and aircrew response led to unrecoverable stall in a critical phase of the aircraft operation,” he added.
The result of the investigation into the crash was first mentioned by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during a congressional hearing on Wednesday.
“It was actually a confluence of many events… One, for the C-130, its defective instruments or systems. Plus, of course, the reaction of the pilot was not also appropriate for the emergency, so nag-crash,” Lorenzana sad.
The military C-130 aircraft crashed in Patikul, Sulu on July 4. It was carrying 96 passengers when the incident occurred.
The crash took the lives of 53 individuals, including 50 soldiers and three civilians on the ground, and injured 46 servicemen and four civilians.
It was described as one of the worst tragedies in the Philippine military history.
The ill-fated C-130 plane, with tail number 5215, was not brand new when it was delivered to the Philippines early this year but it had been “in very good condition,” according to the AFP.
It arrived in the country on January 29 and was one of the two C-130H aircrafts granted by the United States government to the Philippines. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)