by international desk:
A military plane has crashed in the southern Philippines, killing at least 17 people, but 40 others could be pulled alive from the burning wreckage, international media outlets reported.
BBC reported quoting officials the military plane was carrying 92 people, mostly troops, when the military transport aircraft overshot the runway on Jolo island.
Seventeen bodies were found on the site while those wounded were taken to nearby hospitals.
C130 Hercules plane crates large ball of black smoke after it crashed.
The state news agency carried photos of the site showing burning debris in a wooded area close to a number of buildings.
The plane was carrying troops to Jolo island from Cagayan de Oro.
Gen Sobejana, the army chief, told reporters that the plane missed the runway, trying to regain power bur it did not make it.
The soldiers were part of the military’s stepped-up presence in the southern Philippines to combat Islamist militants such as the Abu Sayyaf group, BBC said.
Officials said there was no sign that the aircraft had been attacked, and an investigation would start once the rescue operation was complete.