4 top police officers survive chopper crash


CHIEF Supt. Wilben Mayor, police director of Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), and three other Philippine National Police (PNP) officers were injured in a helicopter crash in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan on Tuesday afternoon, a military official reported.

Lt. Cherry Tindog, spokesman for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command (Westcom), said Mayor and the three police officers were aboard an Air Force Sokol 926 when the aircraft developed a mechanical problem and crash-landed at Sitio Sabang in Barangay Cabayugan in Puerto Princesa City.

The military is yet to identify the three companions of Mayor, a former PNP spokesman.

Tindog said the police officers were conducting reconnaissance in preparation for a November 10 conference of Asean justices when the incident happened around 3 p.m.

The Westcom sent an air ambulance and another aircraft to the area and airlifted Mayor and company his companions to an undisclosed hospital.

“The passengers are reportedly safe with minor injuries. We will give updates once the official report from our air unit is already transmitted to headquarters,” Tindog said.


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