Aircraft disaster in the Philippines kills 47 people and injures 49 others; an investigation has been launched.

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According to military leader Cirilito Sobejana, all 96 passengers on the Philippine Air Force jet that crashed on Sunday, killing 47 people, have been accounted for.

According to Sobejana, 49 military men were injured in the collision.

According to the Department of National Defence, three people on the ground were also killed, and four civilians were injured.

According to Colonel Edgard Arevalo, a military spokesperson, the Lockheed C-130 transport plane carrying troops heading for counter-insurgency operations overshot the runway after touching down at Jolo airport in southern Sulu province.

Delfin Lorenzana, the Defence Secretary, said he had ordered an enquiry into the event, which would begin when the rescue and recovery efforts were finished.

The military has found no evidence of an assault on the airliner.

Sulu, roughly 950 kilometres (600 miles) south of Manila, is a stronghold of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf organisation, which is known for banditry and piracy and with which the military has battled.

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