By Noreen Jazul
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is eyeing three angles behind the helicopter crash in San Pedro, Laguna which involved the police force’s top officials.
PNP Deputy Chief for Operations Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, said they will look into possible pilot error, the chopper’s airworthiness, and landing and take-off site preparation.
“’Yung ating chopper even though bago lang po ito, i-che-check rin po natin yan,” Eleazar told DZMM radio. (Our chopper, even though it’s still new, we will still check it.)
“Iyong landing site preparation, [titingnan natin] kung suited ba iyong lugar, sinunod po ba iyong protocols and SOPs na dapat gawin pag-landing at pag-takeoff,” he added.
(We will also check how the landing site was prepared, if the site was suited for landing on by the chopper, if protocols and SOPs for landing and take-off were followed.)
Eleazer said the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will also help in the investigation.
When asked when the PNP will release the results of the investigation, Eleazar said: “Wala tayong timeline.” (We don’t have a timeline.)
Meanwhile, Eleazar said firefighters doused the landing site with water before the arrival of PNP Chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa.
“Binugahan ng fire truck…ginawa naman iyon before, kaya lang siguro after ng pag-stay ng PNP Chief doon for a while, maaring natuyo na at naging alikabok ulit,” Eleazar explained.
(The fire truck doused the site with water before the PNP chief landed, but since he stayed a while, it probably dried up and turned into dust.)
All PNP choppers are grounded while investigation into the crash is ongoing, Eleazar said.
On Thursday morning (March 4), Gamboa and seven other policemen including three generals were injured when the helicopter they were riding crashed in San Pedro, Laguna.