Philippine Air Force

1 dead, 3 hurt as Philippine Air Force chopper crashes in Bohol

Jairo Bolledo
1 dead, 3 hurt as Philippine Air Force chopper crashes in Bohol
(1st UPDATE) Getafe town police say that based on initial reports, the helicopter crashed due to mechanical failure. The pilot, Captain Aurelius Olalo, died in the crash.

The pilot of a Philippine Air Force (PAF) helicopter died while three others were hurt when their aircraft crashed while conducting an engineering flight in Getafe, Bohol, on Tuesday, April 27.

Local police and the PAF confirmed the crash of a MD520MG helicopter #410 from the 15th Strike Wing, which happened at around 9:30 am in Barangay Taytay.

Getafe police chief Captain Fernando Peroramas said that based on initial reports, the helicopter crashed due to mechanical failure. He identified the fatality as Captain Aurelios Olano, who was the pilot.

The three passengers survived the crash and were brought to President Carlos P. Garcia Memorial Hospital, Peroramas said.

In a statement, the PAF said that the families of the involved personnel were being informed of the crash. 

Getafe police said that personnel from the military and the Philippine Coast Guard have secured the crash site.

This is the second PAF helicopter crash this year. In January, all seven passengers died in a PAF chopper crash in Impasugong town, Bukidnon.

– Rappler.com

Jairo Bolledo

Jairo Bolledo is a multimedia reporter at Rappler covering the police, crime, military, and security.