PAF Spox: “Too Early To Say ‘Engine Failure’ Caused Bukidnon Chopper Crash”
BUKIDNON – The Philippine Air Force spokesperson said that it is too early to say that ‘engine failure’ caused the Bukidnon chopper crash.
Philippine Air Force spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Aristides Galang said that there is no result yet is the current probe on the accident that killed four crew and three passengers who were onboard the ill-fated chopper, identified as a UH-1H with tail #517 of the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing according to a report from GMA News.
“Iko-correct ko nga po sana ‘yun, engine failure daw… masyado pa po kasing maaga so ‘yung investigating team natin hindi po ganoon kabilis na made-determine kaagad kung ano po ‘yung cause of the accident, the mishap,”
“Marami po kasi tayong factors na kino-consider and definitely hindi po natin masabi kaagad na may problema sa makina ‘yung eroplano,”
It has been previously reported that the chopper was on resupply mission for the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Battalion with another UH-1H until it crashed in Barangay Bulonay in the province.
4th Infantry Division spokesperson Major Rodulfo Cordero Jr. was the one who said that it had supposedly experienced “engine trouble.
Galang added that the probe team is also checking the environmental and human factors of the crash. The PAF is expediting the investigation on the matter.
The PAF said that all its UH-1H helicopters have been grounded for thorough maintenance inspection.
“Definitely lahat ng UH-1H helicopters iga-ground until such time makumpleto ‘yung maintenance, ‘yung thorough maintenance inspection. Part po kasi ‘yan ng safety procedure ng aircraft so as SOP din po, pag may incident tayo… all kinds ng UH-1H, igaground ‘yan at magcoconduct ng thorough inspection,”
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