Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bodies of missing Philippine Navy Bolkow pilots recovered

Above, an undated photo of a Philippine Navy Bolkow chopper from and the crashed chopper retrieved in Zamboanga City. (Mindanao Examiner Photo - Jung Francisco)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 19, 2010) – Military rescue teams have recovered the bodies of two pilots of a Philippine Navy helicopter that crashed at sea off Zamboanga City in the southern region of Mindanao, officials said on Thursday.

“The bodies of the two pilots have been recovered,” said Lieutenant Hari Cunanan, a spokesman for the Philippine Navy.

He said the corpses were recovered near the islands of Santa Cruz where the Bolkow chopper went down during an exercise Tuesday. He said three of its passengers were rescued and is in stable condition.

Cunanan said the wreckage of the chopper was retrieved a day after it went down and towed to a naval headquarters in Zamboanga City.

He said the chopper crashed while taking photos and videos off the coast of Zamboanga as part of a routine exercise when the aircraft went down. There were suspicions that the chopper crashed due to engine trouble. (Mindanao Examiner)

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