A Philippine Air Force (PAF) personnel was killed while three others were injured when their helicopter crashed in Getafe town, Bohol province on Tuesday.
In a statement, PAF confirmed the aircraft mishap involving MD520MG #410 from the 15th Strike Wing that went down around 9:30 a.m. while conducting engineering flight.
PAF said the three injured aircrew members were brought to the nearest hospital to receive proper medical attention.
“Members of the PAF 505 Search and Rescue Group, the 47IB, and the Bohol PDRRMO rushed to the crash site to immediately rescue members of the aircrew who were brought to the nearest hospital for proper medical attention,” the air force said.
PAF did not release the names of the personnel involved as their families are still being informed about the incident.
“We request that while this is being done, all concerned will be sensitive to the families involved,” it said.
The air force also extended its condolences to the personnel who died in the crash.
“The men and women of the Philippine Air Force, led by the Commanding General, LtGen Allen T Paredes PAF, deeply grieves the loss of an aircrew who offered his life in the line of duty,” it said.
“The PAF will provide all necessary assistance and financial aid for the bereaved family,” it added.
In a separate statement, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Cirilito Sobejana expressed sadness over the death of one of PAF’s pilots in the incident.
“We send our sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues as we offer our support in any way we can,” Sobejana said.
PAF said it has grounded the MG520 fleet as it investigates the circumstances surrounding the incident.
It also assured the public that all of its air assets are undergoing strict, regular, and redundant maintenance inspections before and after flight missions.