Fifty people have died and dozens more have been injured after a military plane crashed in the Philippines.

The Lockheed C-130 transport aircraft was carrying 96 people, mostly troops, when it overshot a runway at Jolo airport in Sulu province.

The soldiers were among reinforcements sent to combat militants.

The dead are mainly military personnel, but three civilians on the ground were also killed, the defence ministry said.

Five people were initially listed as missing, but all passengers onboard have now been accounted for.

A spokesperson from the Armed Forces of the Philippines said they were looking for the flight data recorder to find out why exactly the plane might have crashed.

Major Gen Edgard Arevalo said there was no sign of any attack on the plane.