A passenger died while three others were wounded after a helicopter of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) crashed in Bohol on Tuesday.
Lt. Col. Maynard Mariano, PAF spokesman, revealed that the MD520MG, number 410 from the 15th Strike Wing, flew from Mactan Air Base in Cebu for a maintenance flight. It crashed at Jetafe, Bohol at 9:30 a.m.
Members of the PAF 505 Search and Rescue Group, the 47th Infantry Battalion, and the Bohol Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) launched search and rescue operations
The survivors were brought to the medical facility in Talibon, Bohol for proper medical attention.
Mariano stressed that the cause of the crash was still under investigation and that information will be disclosed once information is available.
He said that the Air Force was trying to confirm and gather more information about the incident before issuing an official statement.
Mariano said the families of the victims have been informed as the PAF and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) expressed their condolences.
“The AFP Chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana is saddened by the report of the demise of one of our Philippine Air Force (PAF) pilots who died during a crash landing of a PAF MG520 helicopter today April, 27, 2021 in Jetafe, Bohol,” said Marine Major General Edgard Arevalo, AFP spokesman in a press statement.
“We send our sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues as we offer our support in any way we can,” said Arevalo.
The PAF assured that it will provide all necessary assistance and financial aid to the bereaved families.
PAF grounded the MG520 fleet, which will undergo “strict, regular, and redundant maintenance inspections before and after the flight missions”.
This is the second recorded PAF helicopter crash this year. In January, all seven passengers died in a PAF chopper crash in Impasugong town, Bukidnon.