By: LIEUTENANT COLONEL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Navy Bolkov Helicopter PNH411 crashed in the sea between Great Sta. Cruz and Little Sta. Cruz Islands in Zamboanga City around 11:00 a.m. 17 August 2010.
The helicopter has 2 pilots, a crew member and 2 navy passengers on board. The 2 pass and the lone member of the crew now safe at Camp Navarro General Hospital: PO2 Rodolfo Pataueg; PO2 Noel F Ridad; and PO2 Abdon Martirez. Pilots are still subject of intense search by Navy personnel—divers among them.
RADM ALEXANDER C PAMA AFP, outgoing Commander, Naval Forces Western Mindanao reports to RADM DANILO M CORTEZ AFP, Flag Officer-In-Command, PN that helicopter on a routine flight mission and at time of incident documenting Inshore Combat Tactics Training.
Immediately, ships complement of BRP GEN MARIANO ALVAREZ (PS38), BA 482 and BA 483---all Navy ship and floating assets participating in the exercise immediately took to the waters for a forthwith rescue.
This is an isolated incident concerning Navy mission. We will determine what caused the crash. (End)