Businessman Levy Laus, 2 others die in Bulacan chopper crash
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – A Pampanga-based businessman and two companions were killed when the helicopter they were riding crashed into a fishpond in Malolos, Bulacan Thursday afternoon, police said.
According to a report by Nestor Torres in UNTV News and Rescue’s Ito ang Balita program, the victims were identified as businessman Liberato “Levy” Laus, his bodyguard Wilfran Esteban, and pilot Captain Everette “Eder” Coronel.
Laus, who headed the conglomerate Laus Group of Companies, was declared dead on arrival at the Bulacan Medical Center. Esteban died in the hospital.
Laus, 68, was a well-known personality in Pampanga. He was also the chairman emeritus of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said the chopper was bound for San Fernando, Pampanga when it plunged into a fishpond in Barangay Anilao in Malolos at 12:47 p.m.
CAAP said the helicopter took off from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) General Aviation Hangar at 12:28 p.m.
The chopper, which bears the body number RP C8098, was owned and operated by LGC Air Transport.
An eye witness told UNTV News and Rescue team that prior to the crash, the helicopter seemed to be looking for a landing site around 12:45 p.m. He also recounted the moments when the ill-fated chopper plunged to the ground.
“Dumiretso na sila bumulusok, pagtama nila dyan sa palaisdaan sumabog ng malakas,” Gerry Borlongan said.
“‘Yung pinto nila naghiwa-hiwalay kasama yung mga sakay na tumilapon sa lakas ng pagsabog,” he added.
Other eye witnesses said the aircraft was billowing black smoke before it crashed.
The chopper’s wreckage was later found half-submerged in the pond.
CAAP investigators are now probing the possible cause of the incident.
“Sa ngayon ang ang ginagawa namin nire-recover na namin itong mga pieces ng aircraft. Sa ngayon hindi pa namin alam eh [sanhi ng insidente] pero nakapag-interview na kami ng mga witness,” said CAAP investigator Harry Faradero. – Robie de Guzman
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2019
Coal tycoon and self-made billionaire Christopher Cline, 61, was among the seven people who died in a helicopter crash on Thursday (July 4) in the Bahamas, the Register-Herald of West Virginia reported, citing friends of Cline.
Cline died the day before his 62nd birthday and was a native of Beckley, West Virginia.
Among those killed was also one of Cline’s daughters, the Register-Herald said, citing unnamed friends of Cline.
The helicopter went down shortly after takeoff in the Atlantic Ocean early on Thursday near Walker’s Cay, the northernmost island in the Bahamas, BNO News said, citing unspecified U.S. and Bahamian officials.
The helicopter was headed for Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the Palm Beach post reported, citing Bahamian Air Accident Investigation Department’s chief investigator, Delvin Major.
Forbes listed Cline number 1,281 on its billionaires’ list with an estimated net worth of $1.8 billion, listing him as self-made.
Cline took coal mining firm Foresight Energy public in 2014 and sold a controlling stake in 2015 for $1.4 billion cash. (REUTERS)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019
(UPDATE) Three men were killed when a helicopter crashed into a fishpond in Malolos, Bulacan on Thursday (April 25).
Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of Philippine Red Cross (PRC) confirmed this in a post on his Twitter account.
“Update: Death toll rose to 3 in a helicopter crash in Malolos, Bulacan. Other injured passengers were already transported by our @philredcross team to Bulacan Medical Center,” Gordon said.
Local police initially reported that two passengers died “in an accidental helicopter crash” in Barangay Anilao that happened at past 12 p.m.
Another victim was rushed to the nearest hospital due to injuries sustained after the crash. The victim was later declared dead by attending physician.
Police have yet to release the identities of the victims.
In a separate Twitter post, the PRC said the helicopter was carrying at least six passengers on board. A patient was transported by its ambulance to Bulacan Medical Center.
The helicopter, which bears the body number RP C8098, was described in the report as severely damaged or “total wreck.”
Responding teams are still investigating if there are other victims at the crash site.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said the helicopter, bound for San Fernando, Pampanga, took off from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) General Aviation Hangar around 12:28 p.m.
The chopper was owned and operated by LGC Air Transport.
CAAP Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco said an Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board has been dispatched to the crash site.– Robie de Guzman
One of the most notorious drug pushers in Bulacan finally fell into the hands of authorities last Thursday night after Malolos Police set up a buy-bust operation against the suspect known as alias Bordado.
A poseur-buyer was in a middle of buying shabu worth P300 from Bordado when the latter sensed he was dealing with police.
The suspect resisted arrest which resulted in a gunfight that ended in his death.
“Nagkaroon tayo ng transaksyon dito, sa may Marcelo Street na ito. Nakipagbuno siya sa atin, sa mga pulis, at the same time nakipagputukan siya sa atin,” Malolos police chief Supt.Heryl Bruno said.
According to police, Bordado had surrendered under Oplan Tokhang before but continued to deal illegal drugs.
Bruno added that the suspect was also accused of raping his then live-in partner’s 12-year-old daughter; but charges were dropped after he threatened mother and child.
Authorities recovered from the suspect a .38 caliber firearm and 17 sachets of suspected shabu. — Nestor Torres | UNTV News & Rescue
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