A giant aircraft of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) successfully landed in Sulu on December 10, 2021. This is the first since the Lockheed C-130 Hercules with tail number 5125 crashed last July 4.
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules with tail number 5011, which landed at Jolo Airport earlier today, would ferry 65 military troops from Jolo to Manila commencing December 13, 2021, according to Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command. The plane also carried three dependents and two civilians.
“This is our simple way of honoring the selfless service of our comrades-in-arms. By sending them home safely to spend the holiday season with their families, we are able to boost their morale. We are also able to help them financially by providing them with free transportation,” Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. stated.
Last July 4, the Armed Forces of the Philippines suffered a significant loss when one of the worst aviation accidents in Philippine military history occurred, killing 50 soldiers and three civilians.
“The successful landing of the aircraft today signifies that we are ready to move forward. We hope that this momentous event will totally heal us from the trauma we had due to the accident last July 4,” said Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, Commander of Joint Task Force Sulu.
The PAF currently operates one Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft, with the other two undergoing maintenance. This aircraft is an American four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft used as a troop and cargo transport.