Philippines orders probe after military plane crash

Some passengers on the Lockheed C-130 jumped free seconds before the plane crashed and burst into flames, officials cited witnesses as saying.

The aircraft, carrying recently graduated troops bound for counter-insurgency operations, had been trying to land at Jolo Airport in southern Sulu province.

In a news conference, military spokesman Major General Edgard Arevalo said all 96 passengers had been accounted for, also adding that the plane was in "very good condition" and had 11,000 flying hours remaining before maintenance was due.

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