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Philippine army helicopter crashes in Capas killing all on board.

Image Credit: The West Australian

On Thursday, a statement released by the Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base revealed that a Philippine Air Force (PAF) S-70i Black Hawk utility helicopter crashed a few miles from Colonel Ernesto Rabina Air Base in Capas, Tarlac during a night training last Wednesday.

The helicopter was initially reported as late to return to Clark Air Base, Pampanga, prompting a search and rescue team to locate the helicopter as the worse was being expected. The search, retrieval and recovery operations continued on Thursday morning. Unfortunately, no survivors were found. All six personnel are dead.

The country’s Department of National Defense Secretary, Delfin Lorenzana expressed his condolences and sympathies to the families of all the personnel that died lost their lives.

We at the Department of National Defense extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the three pilots and three airmen of an S-70i Black Hawk helicopter of the PAF who perished when their plane crashed in the vicinity of Crow Valley near Clark Air Base, Pampanga, after undertaking a night proficiency flight on Wednesday evening, June 23.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

All Black Hawk helicopters have been grounded until an investigation finds the cause of the helicopter crash.

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