- A survivor of the ill-fated C-130 that crashed in Sulu recounted how he survived and escaped death
- The survivor, a private first class, said that he jumped out of the plane
- He recounted that the end part of the plane exploded, but they saw a hole and it was there that he, along with other soldiers, jumped out
- He said that the aircraft attempted to land on the runway, however, the strong impact caused it to bounce back
Private First Class Nathaniel Bongcayao, was among the survivors of the ill-fated C-130 that crashed in Patikol. Sulu.
In an interview with GMA News' Unang Balita, Bongcaysao said that he jumped out of the aircraft after the rear part of the plane got broken.
"Kasama po ako sa tumalon. Tumalon ako doon sa puwetan ng eroplano kasi sumabog na ‘yung puwetan ng eroplano. So nakakita kami ng butas. Doon na kami tumalon."
Bongcayao expressed his desire to help his colleagues however, the plane was already burning.
He said that the C-130 really attempted to land on the runway, however, upon strong impact, they also felt that the plane bounced back.
"Na-short landing ‘yung sinasakyan namin," said Bongcayao.
According to Bongcayao, the front part of the plane exploded first, and that most of their colleagues who died were seated in the front part.
"Doon na kami nag-panic," said Bongcayao.
He also narrated how he saw other soldiers on the ground.
As of writing, there were already 53 who died, 50 were soldiers and three were civilians.
ABS-CBN News reported that as of writing, the death toll is already at 53. Out of this number, 50 were soldiers and three were civilians.
In another report from Inquirer, one more soldier, made it alive. Sgt. Al-Ameen Musappa Sahibuddin, was also near the tail of the plane and was able to jump out and survived.
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The Philippine Air Force has had assets that figured in accidents. Approximately three decades ago, a similar C-130 PAF plane crashed in 1993. About 30 people perished in the said crash.
The family of one of the soldiers who perished in the C-130 crash in Patikul, Sulu revealed their kin was still able to make one final video call before the plane took off. His sister revealed her brother, who was a Private in the Philippine Army, always apprised them of his situation. She said her brother told them he would call again as soon as he arrives in Sulu.
The TikTok video of army soldiers boarding a C-130 plane has gone viral. The uploader of the video captioned it with "RIP" making it appear that it was the ill-fated C-130 plane that crashed in Patikul, Sulu. The viral TikTok video, however, did not show the tail number of the plane, making it difficult to verify its authenticity.
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