MANILA — ARMED FORCES of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Felimon Santos has committed to help the families and loved ones of the four Air Force personnel who died when their UH-1D helicopter crashed shortly after take-off at the Cauayan Air Station, Isabela on Thursday night.
Military spokesperson Marine Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, in an early press statement on Friday said AFP Chief Gen. Santos Jr “commits to help facilitate the assistance and other entitlements to our gallant Philippine Air Force personnel who died in line-of-duty,”
The UH-ID helicopter — with tail number 8308, boarded by five persons composed of two pilots, two air crewmen, and another officer — was taking off for a proficiency training for night flying when the accident happened at 6:58 p.m. The helicopter was from the Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing while the Cauayan Air Station is under Tactical Operations Group 2.
“The two pilots, the other officer, and one of the two air crewmen perished. The other airman survived the crash and is now undergoing treatment,” Arevalo said. He said the victims’ names are withheld until their next-of-kin have been notified.
“AFP chief Gen. Felimon Santos Jr expresses deep grief and extends condolences and prayers on behalf of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to the families and colleagues of the airmen who perished in this air operations mishap,” Arevalo said.
Meanwhile, PAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Aristides Galang said all remaining UH-1D helicopters of the Air Force are on hold status for “thorough inspection” as to their safety procedure. (PNA)