Newly Acquired Huey Crashed Again

4 May 2017

Injure One, Kills Three

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Another Huey (UH-1D,cn 8469) helicopter of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) crashed this afternoon at Tanay, Rizal. There were three fatalities, Captain Litan, the Pilot in Command (PIC) and the two crew members, Ssg Tolosa and A1C Joseph De Leon, while the copilot 1Lt. Rimas was brought to the AFP Medical Center for treatment. All of them are from the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing "Stingers" of the PAF. crash.

According to the lone survivor the Huey chopper encountered engine trouble when they were about to land and suddenly loss power causing it to crash to the ground while conducting air to ground and disaster rescue operation training (AGOS) for 60 military personnel of 2ID and 12 police personnel from Region 4A in Camp Capinpin.

The German-made single engine helicopter build in 1970 was recently acquired by the PAF in 2015 from Rice Aircraft Services Inc and Eagle Copters in a contract signed in 2013. Of the 21 contracted only seven was accepted by the Philippine government. It was the second UH-1D helicopter acquired from Rice to crash. In November 2015, one of the aircraft crashed in Sarangani, injuring two pilots and seven other personnel on board.

Air Force spokesman Col. Antonio Francisco said the remaining five UH-1D helicopters have been ordered grounded pending an investigation as to what caused the incident.

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  1. Not the same one as my dad`s!

  2. German-made Huey(UH-1D)? That's news to me. I always thought they are US-made.