A Philippine Air Force (PAF) Sokol helicopter with tail number 926 was forced to perform an emergency landing on a rice field in Sitio Sabang, Palawan on November 8, 2016 around 2:42 to 2:45p.m.
The helicopter was conducting a probing flight for the ASEAN Air Chief Justice Summit when it encountered one engine inoperative malfunction that prompted the landing.
According to the Pilot-in-Command (PIC), 1Lt Gino Glenn D Solano PAF, they landed on a rice field since it was the nearest and safest area, which is away from the population. However, the rice field’s uneven surface led the aircraft to tilt to the right as it touches down causing damages to its main rotor blades.
Among the passengers were MIMAROPA police regional director Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor,PNP Directorate for Operations head Chief Supt. Camilo Cascolan, Deputy DO Chief Supt. Nestor Bergonia, and Chief Supt. Amador Corpus from the Directorial Staff.
All pilots, crew, and passengers are safe and no one was injured in the incident.
The PAF crew included the following: 1Lt Gino Glenn D Solano PAF (PIC), Major Michael R Yraolo (Co-pilot), Sgt Dunhill R Guanzon (Crew), and A1C Mark Phol T Masangkay (Helicopter Mechanic).
Such incident will immediately undergo investigation per standard operating procedure.
The PAF refrained from issuing further comments until such investigation is concluded. — UNTV News and Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Tuesday (October 20) advised the public that shellfish harvested in selected areas are tested with high levels of paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
The affected areas include:
Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan;coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate;
coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol;
Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental;
coastal waters of Daram Island, Zumarraga, and Irong-irong and San Pedro Bays in Western Samar;
Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte;
Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar;
Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental; and
Lianga Bay and coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.
In an advisory, the BFAR said this was confirmed based on the latest laboratory results of the agency and Local Government Units (LGUs).
Meanwhile, the following coastal waters are also confirmed positive of red tide toxin:
coastal waters of Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay and Samal); and
coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan.
This prompted the agency to issue a warning that shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption.
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) will conduct a maintenance inspection on all of its S-76A aircraft after of one of its units crashed in Barangay Manggas, Lantawan town, Basilan on Wednesday (September 16).
Air Force Public Affairs Office Chief Lt.Col Aristides Galang said they have sent a team of investigators to Basilan to determine what could have caused the incident.
“In response to the unfortunate incident, the PAF will be conducting prompt maintenance inspection of all S-76A aircraft as a standard procedure in events such as this,” he said.
“A team will also be sent to the area to conduct further investigation of the said mishap.” he added.
The bodies of all four Air Force personnel who died in the crash were also transported to Zamboanga City.
Information from the Armed Forced of the Philippines West Mindanao Command said the fatalities include pilot Major Jessie Miller, his co-pilot Lt. Mack-Ar Ferrer, aircrew Staff Sgt. Miguel Banas and Airman 2nd Class Benedicto Leal Jr.
PAF has extended its sympathies to the families of the victims.
“With utmost respect, the PAF headed by its Commanding General, Lt. General Allen Paredes extends its deepest and sincerest condolences to the bereaved families,” Galang said.
The aircraft crash landed on a rubber plantation owned by Lantawan Vice Mayor Nasser Abubakar, allegedly due to inclement weather.
The team was bound for Jolo, Sulu for an emergency medical evacuation of their comrades who were wounded in the August 24 bombing. They were supposed to transfer them for further treatment in Zamboanga City. MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)
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