MANILA – A Philippine Air Force (PAF) pilot was killed along with his two crewmen while another one was injured when their UH-IHD “Huey” combat utility helicopter crashed in Tanay, Rizal Wednesday.
1st Lt. Xy-zon Meneses, 2nd Infantry Division public affairs office chief, said the mishap took place 3 p.m. at Sitio Hilltop, Barangay Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal.
He declined to identify the casualties pending the notification of their loved ones and families.
Initial reports indicated that the UH-IHD had just finished conducting air-to-ground and disaster rescue operations training with troops stationed in 2nd Infantry Division headquarters in Camp Capinpin along with some 12 police operatives when it encountered some mechanical trouble, forcing it to crash-land.
Investigations are still ongoing to determine exact cause of the mishap as of this posting. Priam Nepomuceno/PNA-northboundasia.com