The Philippines will ship black bins of a Lockheed C-130 plane that crashed on the weekend to the US to hunt professional assist in opening and analysing them, the army chief mentioned on Wednesday.
The USA has dedicated to assist extract data from the flight information and cockpit voice recorders that would make clear the tragic incident that killed 53 individuals within the southern province of Jolo, Cirilito Sobejana mentioned in a neighborhood tv interview.
Sobejana mentioned the Philippines has no such functionality. He gave no timetable for when the U.S. specialists might full information extraction.
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The plane was carrying troops sure for counter-insurgency operations when it crashed with 96 aboard, killing 53 within the nation’s worst army air accident in practically three a long time. Among the many lifeless have been three civilians on the bottom and the remainder of the crew have been injured.
Requested if unhealthy climate or human error may very well be the explanation for the incident, Sobejana mentioned he would await the investigators’ official report.
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“I advised them to do it as quick as we are able to, however this must be deliberate,” he mentioned. “We needed to get the correct data or the details.”
U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin supplied further assist to Philippines counterpart Delfin Lorenzana after they spoke by cellphone on Tuesday to debate the crash.
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Additionally they mentioned crucial medical evacuation assist offered by U.S. personnel and different attainable help, together with sufferer identification, in keeping with a press release launched in Washington.
Sobejana mentioned 16 of the casualties have been recognized.
Some victims have been burned past recognition, and authorities would depend on the dental data and forensic testing to establish them, he mentioned.
(Reporting by Enrico Dela Cruz in Manila; Further reporting by Eric Beech in Washington; Enhancing by Martin Petty )