Military chopper crashes in Lanao del Sur, 1 dead

Published November 26, 2020, 9:36 PM

by Martin Sadongdong

A military helicopter carrying a soldier who got wounded following an explosion in Lanao del Sur crashed in Madalum town on Thursday afternoon, killing the soldier and injuring several others including the pilot and a flight nurse, the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) reported.

(FLICKR / MANILA BULLETIN)

A report from the WestMinCom said a Philippine Air Force (PAF) UH1H helicopter was dispatched to conduct an air evacuation of military personnel who got wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in Barangay Lilitun at 4:15 p.m.

However, the helicopter crash landed shortly after it picked up the wounded military personnel, the report added.

The crash site was about 350 meters from the explosion site.

“All pilots, crew and other passengers survived and were only slightly injured. However, the critically wounded personnel from the IED explosion had expired,” the report said.

As of writing, the military has yet to identify the lone fatality and the wounded victims.

 
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