CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Feb) – A Philippine Air Force UH-1 Huey helicopter crashed moments after it tried to take off from the golf course of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division in Barangay Patag, Cagayan de Oro City Wednesday afternoon.
The Vietnam-vintage helicopter had just ferried 4ID chief Maj. Gen. Oscar Lactao and his staff from Butuan City when it met the accident.
Lactao said no one from the helicopter’s four-man crew was hurt.
He said the helicopter was part of a two-chopper mission that brought him back to Cagayan de Oro from Bangasi, Butuan City.
“We rode on the chopper from Butuan and there was no problem with it. I was already in my office when I heard a loud crash,” Lactao said.
He said when he looked outside his window he saw the helicopter laying on its back at the far end of the golf course.
4ID spokesperson Maj. Christian Uy, who rode in the second chopper that accompanied Lactao, said it was the helicopter that the general rode that crashed.
Uy said the helicopter was lifting its nose to take off when it just overturned and rolled on its back on the golf course.
“The helicopter was only able to lift about three feet when it rolled on its back,” he said,
The Philippine Air Force is expected to ground all of its Huey helicopters pending the investigation of the accident.