PAF chopper forced to land on Palawan rice field

admin   •   November 9, 2016   •   11810



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

Cascolan open to new gov’t post after retirement from PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Camilo Cascolan reiterated that he is willing to work for any government post as he prepares to officially bow out of police service.

Cascolan will be turning over his badge when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 for uniformed personnel on November 10.

He served as PNP chief for more than two months since assuming office in September.

“I am very grateful. I would like to say I am very grateful to the president for giving me this chance to serve even though it’s just for 2 months,” he said.

The outgoing police chief said he has yet to receive new instructions from President Rodrigo Duterte about his possible next task after a brief stint as PNP chief.

Duterte has been appointing retired high-ranking police and military officials to various government posts, saying he values their work ethics and professionalism.

“Puwede po naman tayo kahit saan but we will work as if it was always the last day,” he said.

Cascolan, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Sinagtala Class of 1986, officially assumed the PNP top post on Sept. 2 after the retirement of then PNP chief General Archie Gamboa.

As announced earlier by Malacañang, Duterte has designated Metro Manila Police chief Major General Debold Sinas to the PNP top post. His appointment will take effect on Tuesday. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Shellfish poisoning, red tide warning up in several Phl coastal waters

Marje Pelayo   •   October 20, 2020

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.

#RedTidePHShellfish Bulletin No. 22 Series of 2020dated October 19, 2020Based on the latest laboratory results of…

Posted by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Central Office on Monday, 19 October 2020

PAF orders safety check, grounds all Sikorsky-76A aircraft after Basilan crash

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2020

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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