4 dead as Air Force chopper crashes in Isabela

Four soldiers died and another was injured after a Philippine Air Force (PAF) helicopter crashed while taking off Thursday night, July 23, at the Cauayan Air Station in Isabela.

PAF Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Aristides Galang Jr confirmed the deaths in a statement on Friday morning, July 24.

"The PAF, and the AFP as a whole, shares the grief and extends its sympathy to the bereaved families and colleagues of the airmen who perished in this air operations mishap," Galang said.

"The PAF will continue to care for its gallant airmen and their services will be honored. Their families will be given assistance," he added.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief General Felimon Santos Jr also extended his condolences to the families of the 2 pilots and 2 airmen who died in the crash.

"He commits to help facilitate the assistance and other entitlements of our gallant Philippine Air Force personnel who died in line of duty," said AFP Spokesperson Major General Edgard Arevalo said in a statement on Friday.

Arevalo said that the 5-member team was conducting proficiency training for night flying at the Cauayan Air Station in Cauayan City, Isabela, when the incident happened.

He said the names of the deceased had been withheld as their next of kin were still being informed about the incident.

The PAF will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the crash. ā€“ Rappler.com