A109 Helicopter Crashes

5 July 2015

An Augusta 109E helicopter (RP-C2726) carrying seven (7) passengers crashed yesterday noon at Barangay Pinagkaisan, Cuenca, Batangas killing its pilot and another passenger while heading back to Manila Domestic Airport from Puerto Galera in Mindoro Oriental, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said.

Initial crah investigation reports from survivors disclosed the helicopter encountering strong winds and zero visibility in Batangas.

All the passengers except one survived the accident.

CAAP said the helicopter which stayed overnight in Puerto Galera was not cleared to fly to Manila before the accident took place because its pilot did not file a flight plan.

The helicopter operated by Malate Tourist Development Corporation was piloted Capt. Felicisimo Taborlupa who died on the spot while another passenger, Archimedes "Archie" King of Victoria Hotel chains died afterwards after being treated at Martin Marasigan Memorial Hospital in Cuenca, Batangas.

Helicopter passengers include Ling Ling, the wife of King, spouses Ricco and Tina Ocampo, Anton San Diego, Christopher and Patricia Chilip.

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