At least seven Philippine soldiers have died this Saturday when the helicopter in which they were flying over the south of the country crashed due to a presumed technical failure, as confirmed by the Army in a statement.
The plane, a Huey UH-1H, has crashed delivering supplies from headquarters to an Army patrol base in the city of Impasug-ong, in Bukidnon province, 826 kilometers south of Manila.
“The helicopter was flying over the mountainous part of Impasug-ong when it encountered problems with the engine”, explained Major Rodulfo Cordero Junior, military spokesman, in the note collected by the ABS-CBN chain.
“The helicopter tried to make an emergency landing, but it crashed. There were no survivors. The Huey [UH-1H] has been a complete disaster,” he added.
The remains of the victims were recovered during a search and rescue operation carried out by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippine National Police, including a colonel, pilot of the aircraft, who managed to avoid some surrounding houses during the descent, before the helicopter crash.