helicopter - updates

Rappler's latest stories on helicopter


4 dead as Russian helicopter crashes at airport

May 26, 2020 - 3:18 PM

The helicopter of the Russian defense ministry goes down in the main airport in Chukotka near Anadyr, which has mixed military and civilian use

Taiwan's military chief killed in chopper crash

Jan 02, 2020 - 1:46 PM

(5th UPDATE) The chief of the general staff, Shen Yi-ming, is among 8 senior officers – including 3 major generals – who died when their Black Hawk helicopter smashed into mountains near Taipei

Russia eyes joint weapons production with the Philippines – envoy

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:59 PM

The Philippines will be the exporter of advanced small weapons, says Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev, as he promises cooperation with ‘no political conditions’

DEFENSE COOPERATION. This file photo shows President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev meeting in Malacañang on January 31, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

One dead as helicopter crash-lands on Manhattan building

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:20 AM

(UPDATED) 'There is no indication at this time that this was an act of terror. And there is no ongoing threat to New York City based on all the information we have right now,' says Mayor Bill de Blasio

A policeman stands in front of the building where a helicopter crash-landed on top in midtown Manhattan in New York on June 10, 2019. The crash started a fire and left one person dead as the entire building shook from the impact. Johannes EISELE / AFP

Pampanga businessman Levy Laus, 2 others dead in Bulacan helicopter crash

Apr 25, 2019 - 1:47 PM

(4th UPDATE) A helicopter owned by Liberato 'Levy' Laus crashes into a fishpond in Malolos City, Bulacan. Laus, his aide, and the pilot die in the crash.

CRASH SITE. Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection try to salvage the wreckage of the crashed helicopter in a fishpond at Barangay Anilao in Malolos, Bulacan on Thursday, April 25. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Startup launches helicopter ride-sharing service

Apr 03, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Tech startup Ascent offers ride-sharing in the skies

CHOPPER SERVICE. Ascent offers helicopter ride-sharing in select parts of the Luzon island region in the Philippines. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Mexican governor, senator killed in helicopter crash

Dec 25, 2018 - 10:12 AM

A chopper carrying Puebla state governor Martha Erika Alonso and her husband, Senator Rafael Moreno Valle, plummets to the ground on Christmas Eve, December 24

‘There’s a time for everything,’ says removed PH Air Force chief

Dec 13, 2018 - 2:31 PM

What exactly led to the removal of Air Force chief Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar ahead of his retirement in January 2020?

OUTGOING. Philippine Air Force chief Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar is leaving his post 13 months ahead of his retirement. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler)

Helicopter carrying congressman crashes in Tarlac

Nov 22, 2018 - 4:46 PM

COOP-NATCCO Representative Anthony Bravo and other passengers sustain minor scratches and bruises, but the pilot reportedly suffers head injuries

CRASH SITE. Smoke is seen rising from the site of the helicopter crash in Crow Valley, Tarlac. Photo courtesy of Senator Ralph Recto

25 killed in Afghan army helicopter crash – officials

Oct 31, 2018 - 2:47 PM

An official says the aircraft crashed due to 'bad weather' in Anar Dara district, but the Taliban claims its militants brought it down

Delight to despair: Thais stunned by death of billionaire Vichai

Oct 29, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Thais mourn the abrupt death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the 5th richest man in the country

A Thai newspaper featuring the headline news about Leicester City Football Club's chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's helicopter crash is pictured at a newsstand in Bangkok on October 29, 2018. Leicester City's Thai billionaire boss Srivaddhanapraha was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed and burst into flames in the Premier League side's stadium car park moments after taking off from the pitch, the club said on October 28. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Indonesia drops disinfectant on quake-hit Palu

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:56 PM

Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency says helicopters began dousing the areas with disinfectant to prevent flies, cockroaches, and rats from spreading disease

SPRAY. A helicopter operated by Indonesia's Disaster Management Agency sprays disinfectant to sterilize an area, affected by liquefaction due to the September 28 earthquake and where thousands are still feared buried, in Palu on October 18, 2018. Photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP

6 killed in Nepal chopper crash

Sep 08, 2018 - 4:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) One woman survives the crash with injuries and has been airlifted to the capital

Jordan to deliver helicopters to PH by July 2019

Sep 06, 2018 - 7:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Jordan's King Abdullah II also witness the signing of deals on defense, overseas Filipino workers, trade, seafaring, and diplomacy

PNP helicopter topples giant LED screen, leaves 3 hurt

Aug 09, 2018 - 1:36 PM

The Philippine National Police launched a probe into the Camp Crame chopper fiasco

TOO CLOSE? The winds stirred by the PNP's BELL helicopter swept away bystander tents and an LED display screen. RTVM screenshot

If choppers from Jordan do not arrive, Duterte vows resuming salvo of curses

Aug 01, 2018 - 7:54 PM

President threatens to revive his tirades against UN rights chief and Jordanian prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein if a donation of choppers does not arrive soon

FACT CHECK: Duterte's reaction to Canada helicopters deal taken out of context

Jun 08, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Duterte says he will use the helicopters not for humanitarian operations only, but also for operations against insurgents and terrorists who happen to be Filipino citizens

Duterte 'seriously concerned' about Navy soldiers harassed by China chopper

May 31, 2018 - 9:46 PM

While Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has refrained from speaking publicly about the Ayungin Shoal incident, he conveyed concern about it in a confidential meeting

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China chopper harasses PH rubber boat in Ayungin Shoal – lawmaker

May 30, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano does not categorically call it a form of 'harassment' in the West Philippine Sea, as he prefers to label it an 'incident'

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photograph taken from a military aircraft shows the dilapidated Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

Duterte’s ‘restraint’ pays off: PH set to get Jordan helicopters

May 23, 2018 - 11:13 AM

After following National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon's advice to 'shut up' about UN rights chief and Jordanian prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, President Duterte says Jordan's donation of two choppers is pushing through

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte uses the binoculars to get a closer look on the fleet review of the Philippine Navy's naval surface and air assets during their 120th anniversary at the Coconut Palace of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Roxas Boulevard, Manila on May 22, 2018. Joining the President are House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Philippine Navy Commander Vice Admiral Robert Empredad and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

NASA plans to send mini-helicopter to Mars

May 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'We already have great views of Mars from the surface as well as from orbit. With the added dimension of a bird's-eye view from a 'marscopter,' we can only imagine what future missions will achieve,' says NASA's Thomas Zurbuchen

MARS HELICOPTER. NASA shows off its Mars helicopter in its NASA Mars Helicopter Technology Demonstration video. designed by NASA. Screengrab from NASA

WATCH: PNP's P435-M Bell helicopter takes off

Apr 16, 2018 - 2:07 PM

The helicopter is set to be used for disaster response, humanitarian deployments, and air support for ground troops

FINALLY FLYING. The PNP gets its BELL helicopter, 3 months earlier than ecpected. Rappler screengrab

Compromise for canceled Canada helicopters?

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:20 AM

A US company can supply the same Bell-412 helicopters and deliver them within the year

VIP TRANSPORT. File photo of 3 brand new Bell choppers used to transport VIP guests during the 2015 APEC Summit. Malacañang file photo

5 dead in New York river helicopter crash

Mar 12, 2018 - 10:33 AM

(UPDATED) 'The pilot freed himself, the other five did not,' Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro tells reporters during a brief press conference.

HELICOPTER CRASH. Emergency first responders attend a call after a helicopter crashed in the East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. According to reports at least two people were killed. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP

13 killed in Mexican quake zone helicopter crash

Feb 18, 2018 - 11:57 AM

On board the UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopter were Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca state Governor Alejandro Murat, who are both unharmed

No cancellation for PNP's P435-million Bell helicopter contract

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:45 PM

PNP Director for Logistics Jose Maria Victor Ramos says their contract differs from that of the AFP

DEAL CONTINUES. A photo of a Bell helicopter similar to the model the PNP procured. AFP photo

At least 3 dead, 4 injured in U.S. Grand Canyon chopper crash

Feb 11, 2018 - 1:05 PM

The accident took place at around 5:20 pm in Grand Canyon West, located in northwestern Arizona, says Hualapai Nation police chief Francis Bradley

Hazy blue hour in Grand Canyon. View from the South Rim.

Duterte cancels Canada Bell helicopter deal

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says it is unavoidable that the helicopters – supposedly meant for humanitarian and disaster relief missions – would be used 'against the rebels and terrorists'

President Rodrigo Duterte addresses a Manila Times forum in Davao City on February 9, 2018. Malacanang photo

Roque on China, Caloocan cops ordered arrested, Canada on chopper deal | Midday wRap

Feb 08, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 8, 2018

Feb 08, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

Presidential Spokesperon Atty. Harry Roque responds to follow up question after the press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

2 Japan pilots confirmed dead after army helicopter crash

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government would investigate the crash, and apologizes for the incident

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during a session of the House of Representatives Budget Committee at parliament in Tokyo on February 5, 2018. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

2 crew feared dead in Japan army helicopter crash

Feb 05, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera confirms the crash in the town of Kanzaki and says the two crew on board were retrieved 'in a state of cardiac and respiratory arrest,' Jiji news agency reports

Five dead after two army helicopters crash in France

Feb 02, 2018 - 5:58 PM

'There were 3 crew in one and two in the other. All are dead,' police say in the nearby town of Brignoles, adding one body had still to be recovered from the wreckage

Duterte says gov’t to get 23 attack helicopters

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:09 PM

The President wants to use the helicopters for counter-insurgency operations

Missing Russian chopper found on Arctic seabed, 8 presumed dead

Oct 29, 2017 - 6:41 PM

Mil Mi-8 chopper has been missing since Thursday while en route to Barentsburg from Pyramiden

RUSSIAN HELI. This file picture taken on May 5, 2011 shows the Russian helicopter which crashed, in the hangar of the base Kapp Heer at Barentsburg, Svalbard. AFP Photo

Japan military chopper with 4 crew aboard missing

Oct 17, 2017 - 8:02 PM

The Black Hawk helicopter of the Air Self-Defense Force disappears from radar at around 6:00 pm (0900 GMT), some 31 kilometers (19 miles) south of Hamamatsu, a ministry spokesman says

Business aviation could push growth for PH businesses – expert

May 20, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Philjets founder and managing director Thierry Tea says business aviation opens a country and its businesses to opportunities both locally and globally

GROWTH. Business aviation could unlock a level of potential growth for Philippine businesses.

ISIS downs Iraqi helicopter over Mosul, killing 2 – military

Apr 06, 2017 - 10:10 PM

Iraq s Joint Operations Command did not specify what type of helicopter was shot down nor say whether it was hit by gunfire or a surface to air missile

Man found alive 2 weeks after chopper crash in Indonesia

Dec 09, 2016 - 4:40 PM

Yohanes Syahputra was found late Thursday December 8 by villagers on Borneo island in an exhausted state army spokesman Sabrar Fadhilah says

Indonesian army helicopter carrying 5 goes missing

Nov 24, 2016 - 8:58 PM

The Bell 412 helicopter loses contact in the morning on a short flight from Tarakan in North Kalimantan province to Long Bawan near the Malaysian border

3 dead in Vietnam helicopter crash

Oct 19, 2016 - 6:43 PM

The Airbus EC130 helicopter disappears from radar just 23 minutes after take off in Ba Ria Vung Tau province with a pilot and two trainees on board

Swiss army helicopter crash kills 2

Sep 28, 2016 - 8:02 PM

UPDATED The two pilots did not survive the accident the army spokesman says identifying the injured person as a flight assistant who was taken to a hospital

Remains of helicopter crash victims recovered – CAAP

Aug 30, 2016 - 3:50 PM

The remains of Captain Miguel Logronio and aircraft mechanic Jay Gregorio have been airlifted to Villamor Air Base says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Photo of crash site from CAAP

2 bodies found in rescue helicopter crash site in Quezon

Aug 27, 2016 - 11:18 PM

CAAP says the helicopter was on a mission to rescue stranded personnel working at the Sumag diversion tunnel in General Nakar when it went missing on August 22

Photo of crash site from CAAP

5 dead as Russian military helicopter downed in Syria

Aug 01, 2016 - 11:46 PM

It is not immediately clear who is responsible

HELICOPTER DOWNED. A picture taken on August 1, 2016 reportedly shows Syrian rebels gathering around the wreckage of a Russian Mi-8 military transport helicopter after it was shot down along the administrative border between Idlib province, northwestern Syria and neighbouring Aleppo.  Photo by Mohamed al-Bakour / AFP

At least two dead in Indonesian military chopper crash

Jul 08, 2016 - 8:13 PM

There were five passengers aboard the helicopter when it went down Major General of the Indonesian National Army Jaswandi says

Helicopter that crashed in Malaysia registered to PH firm

May 07, 2016 - 8:19 PM

Philippine civil aviation officials confirm that the chopper that crashed in Sarawak on May 5 was registered to GCA Skyline Aviation of Cebu The search for the missing occupants including the Filipino pilot is still ongoing

Missing Malaysia helicopter debris found – PM

May 05, 2016 - 11:53 PM

UPDATED A Filipino pilot is included among the missing people

Helicopter crash off Norway kills 13

Apr 29, 2016 - 10:33 PM

UPDATED The Super Puma chopper goes down around midday in the archipelago off the coast of Bergen Norway s second biggest city

NORWAY CHOPPER CRASH. Rescue personnel search the waters off the site of a helicopter crash, west of the Norwegian city of Bergen, April 29, 2016. Photo by Marit Hommedal/EPA

Chopper ride to LP sorties: Kris Aquino broke the law

Apr 25, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Under the Omnibus Election Code use of government helicopters for campaign is an election offense punishable with imprisonment and perpetual disqualification to hold public office

PRESIDENTIAL SISTER. Kris Aquino, President Benigno Aquino III's youngest sister, is flown to a Liberal Party sortie in Cebu on April 19 using a presidential chopper. Photo from Aviator Pinoy's Facebook page