UH-ID helicopter crash lands in Sarangani

MANILA — A Philippine Air Force (PAF) UH-ID combat utility helicopter crash landed in Sarangani after encountering strong winds while on casualty-evacuation (CASEVAC) mission Saturday.

The mishap took place 9:40 a.m., Eastern Mindanao Command public affairs office chief Capt. Alberto Caber said.

He added the UH-ID crash landed in Sitio Lamsalo, Barangay Upper Suyan, Malapatan, Sarangani.

Caber said the aircraft was on a CASEVAC mission in the area to help troopers of the 73rd Infantry Battalion when the UH-ID encounter strong winds while landing.

The nine military personnel aboard sustained slight injuries in the accident.

Caber said Eastern Mindanao Command head Lt. Gen. Aurelio Baladad has deployed additional helicopters from the 11th Tactical Operations Group to help in the CASEVAC mission and rescue of the crew members and passengers of the stricken aircraft. Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA