Elevation, winds could have played a key role in UH-ID crash in Sarangani

MANILA — Elevation and strong winds could have played a major role in the crash landing of UH-ID combat utility helicopter in Sarangani Saturday.

This was revealed by Philippine Air Force (PAF) spokesperson Col. Enrico Canaya.

“The area of the crash is elevated and strong wind conditions could be a contributory environmental factor,” he added.

The mishap involving the UH-ID helicopter happened at about 9:40 a.m. while providing combat support to the 73rd Infantry Battalion in Malapatan, of the above-mentioned province.

One of the aircraft’s pilot suffered leg injury while all others on board were safe and secured.

“Grounding of said aircraft type is still being evaluated if necessary. Meanwhile, an investigation will be pursued following the incident. What’s important for now is that the pilots, crews and passengers are all safe,” Canaya said. Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA