Seven have been confirmed killed after a Philippine Air Force UH-1 “Huey” chopper crashed in a rice field in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon at around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Maj. Gen. Andres Centino, commander of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, said the chopper with tail number 517 was on a resupply mission with another helicopter to a unit of the 403rd Infantry Brigade stationed in a mountain base in nearby Impasugong.
Centino said the two choppers were on their third resupply run when both took off from Malaybalay City at around 1:50 p.m.
While over Busdi village, according to him, the pilot of the chopper on the rear advised the forward chopper that they observed smoke from their engine, causing the forward chopper to turn back. However, the forward chopper nosedived and crashed.
“The pilot made sure they would not crash land on a group of houses hence they ended up in the rice field,” Centino added.
Army soldiers were deployed to Busdi village, which is some 25 kilometers from Malaybalay City, to secure the crash site and extricate the soldiers, said. SOVEREIGNPH