The Air Force are still searching two of its pilots who went missing Sunday night after their OV-10 Bronco plane from the 15th Strike Wing went down while on a routine training flight off Puerto Princesa City.
PAF spokesman Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol said the distance from the runway of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan where it took off together with another OV10 at around 6:30 p.m. Sunday was only about five nautical miles.
“All our aircraft have tracking device that is why we will know exactly the location of the crash site. When the OV-10 went down last night, alam na natin yung (we already know the) location where. It’s just about five nautical miles from Runway 27,” he said.
The two pilots of the OV-10 Bronco plane that went missing Sunday evening did not issue a “mayday” or distress call before its communications totally went off, Okol added saying they were on “final approach.”
“Our search teams have already recovered parts of the plane but there is still no sight of the two pilots,” Okol said.
He refused to give the names of the two pilots in “accordance with new regulations.”
The crash is the latest in a string of deadly accidents involving old foreign aircraft acquired by the Philippine Air Force.
The Air Force’s fleet of 30 Broncos were acquired from the United States in 1991 and from Thailand in 2004. The latest crash reduced the fleet to eight operating units spread across the country.