C-130 crash victims taken to Zamboanga City

Published July 5, 2021, 2:50 PM

by Liza Abubakar-Jocson

Victims and fatalities of the C-130 military aircraft crash in Patikul, Sulu were flown to Zamboanga City Sunday, July 4.

Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar met Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana at the Edwin Andrews Airbase in Zamboanga City Sunday night.

Five ambulances of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) were deployed to ferry seven critical patients to the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC).

More than 10 patients were also transported from the Camp Navarro General Hospital at the Western Mindanao Command headquarters in Zamboanga City to private hospitals.

The Zamboanga City Medical Center Public Affairs and Customer Care Unit said 17 soldiers have been admitted to the hospital since Sunday night.

Two are reportedly intubated and are in critical condition, three have sustained fractures, while some are confined at the hospital’s Burn Unit.

Hospital management has activated its multi-specialty team to attend to the injured soldiers. It also said that the hospital converted its birthing unit to accommodate 14 of the plane crash victims.