Philippine Air Force to receive 2 AH-1S cobra choppers from Jordan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 29, 2019   •   1461

(FILE) A Pakistani Army AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter flies over Kund mountain near Kotkai village in South Waziristan, 29 October 2009. EPA/NICOLAS ASFOURI

The Philippine Airforce (PAF) is set to add two high-end combat Bell AH-1S “Cobra” helicopters which are donated by the Jordanian government.

In a statement on Thursday (November 28), the PAF said the two-blade, single-engine attack helicopters already arrived in Clark Airbase, Pampanga on November 26.

The said attack helicopters, the PAF said, will be used primarily for close air support in internal security and counter-terrorism operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“These new assets, which are equipped with guns and rockets, will immensely help our troops on the ground and enhance the overall capability of the Philippine Air Force,” according to Department of National Defense (DND) Spokesperson Director Arsenio R. Andolong.

He also expressed optimism on the stronger defense cooperation between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Jordan.—AAC

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)

4 killed in military chopper crash in Basilan

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2020

Four people were killed after a rescue helicopter belonging to the Philippine Air Force crashed in Lantawan town in the province of Basilan on Wednesday.

Authorities said the bodies of the casualties have been recovered by the members of the 4th Special Forces Battalion dispatched to conduct a search and rescue operation at the crash site.

Initial investigation showed that the chopper, believed to be flying from Zamboanga City to an unknown destination, crashed in a rubber plantation in Barangay Upper Manggas in Lantawan around 1 p.m.

Authorities said the chopper went down during a bad weather but investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing.

They are also verifying the identities of the fatalities and whether they were all Air Force personnel. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Val Villaflor)

PAF confers honors to 4 personnel who died in helicopter crash

Maris Federez   •   July 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Sunday (July 26) conferred military honors to four of its personnel who died in a helicopter crash in Cauayan, Isabela last Thursday (July 24).

Reports said that four soldiers were killed while another was injured when the UH-1D Hyu-Wey helicopter that they were riding on crashed during a flight proficiency training.

The chopper exploded as it hit the tarmac of the Tactical Operations Group (TOG) 2 Air Station ramp area.

Commanding general, Lt.Gen. Allen Paredes led the full salute ceremony for the four soldiers and extended his sympathies to their families.

The PAF on Saturday conducted the departure orders at the Clark Air Base before they were sent off to their respective provinces.

The Air Force also promised that they will extend help to the bereaved families of these soldiers. — /mbmf

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