Data on the flight of C-130 transport planes to Jolo Island were recovered after losing runway and killing 52 people.
Philippine authorities have recovered a black box from an Air Force plane that crashed over the weekend and killed more than 50 people, military chief Cirilito told Reuters news agency on Tuesday. Sobejana.
The pilot in command, who had several years of experience piloting a C-130 aircraft, was one of those killed in the crash on Jolo Island, Sobejana said by phone.
The military chief said a black box was recovered Monday and should allow investigators to overhear the conversations of the pilots and crew before the plane crashed.
“I talked to the survivors and they told me that the plane bounced two or three times and zigzagged. The pilot tried to regain power because he wanted to lift the plane but it was too late. The right wing hit a tree, ”he said.
Sobejana said no one jumped off the plane before it crashed. There had been previous reports of witnesses that some passengers had tried to jump to safety before the plane landed.
He said the front of the plane was sliced open and some soldiers took advantage of the opening to escape. But those who were unconscious could not get out and the plane exploded in flames.
The Lockheed C-130 transport aircraft was carrying troops destined for counterinsurgency operations in the southern Philippines when it crashed with 96 people on board.
The death toll rose to 52 on Monday, including three civilians on the ground, after two of the 49 soldiers injured in the crash succumbed to their injuries, the defense ministry said.
Military spokesman Edgard Arevalo said the plane was in “very good condition” and had 11,000 flight hours left before the next maintenance took place.