Strong maintenance operations, continuous training after Sulu C-130 crash needed – PH Red Cross

Published July 6, 2021, 5:19 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Following the tragic plane crash in Sulu which killed over 50 people, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Richard Gordon called for continuous training and stronger maintenance operations for the troops.

The Philippine Red Cross sends a response team after the Sulu C-130 crash. (Photo from PH Red Cross)

“There must be strong maintenance operations and continuous training by our troops to obviate the loss of life, manpower, and material,” Gordon said.

After the reported Philippine Air Force (PAF) C-130 crashed on July 4 at Brgy. Bangkal in Patikul, Sulu, the PRC immediately sent a response team.

The aircraft, PRC said, was carrying 96 passengers – including three pilots, five crews, and army personnel. The C-130 plane reportedly burst into flames after missing the landing strip.

PRC sent a response team to the scene and dispatched an ambulance with three emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.

The Philippine Red Cross sends a response team after the Sulu C-130 crash. (Photo from PH Red Cross)

The PRC Sulu Chapter also alerted its volunteers around the area and also provided five cadaver bags to the AFP for proper management of the fatalities.

PRC noted that the mishap was considered as one of the “country’s deadliest military aviation accidents” with 52 fatalities (49 soldiers and three civilians ) and 51 others who were injured.

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