TWO AIR FORCE SIKORSKY HELICOPTERS GROUNDED AFTER BASILAN CRASH
According to PAF spokesman Lt. Colonel Aristides Galang, the two remaining Sikorsky helicopters of the Philippine Air Force were temporarily grounded following the chopper crash in Basilan on Wednesday.
Galang said this is part of the maintenance procedure of the helicopters whenever an accident happens.
“‘Yung same type of aircraft lang… Sikorsky lang po, Sikorsky lang po ‘Yung nagkaroon ng incident so ‘yung Sikorsky lang din po ‘yung iga-ground natin. Parang on hold po,” Aristides said.
The PAF spokesman cannot determine yet until when the two helicopters will be grounded.
A Sikorsky S-76A rescue helicopter crashed in a rubber plantation in Lantawan, which resulted in the deaths of pilot-in-command Major Jessie Miller, co-pilot First Lieutenant Mack-ar Ferrer, and aircrew Staff Sergeant Miguel Bañas Jr. and Airman Second Class Benedicto Leal Jr.
The helicopter was bound for Jolo, Sulu to conduct a medical evacuation.
Galang said an investigating team would be sent this morning to the crash site to start the probe on the incident.