Philippine air force Blackhawk helicopter crashes, kills six

The helicopter took off from Clark in Pampanga province for the two-hour training excercise but failed to return as scheduled.

Published: 24th June 2021 01:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th June 2021 01:41 PM   |  A+A-


Image used for representational purpose only

By Associated Press

MANILA: A recently delivered Philippine assault helicopter crashed during a night training exercise north of Manila, killing all six air force personnel on board, officials said Thursday.

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said it was still unknown why the S-70i Blackhawk helicopter carrying three pilots and three crewmen crashed Wednesday night near Clark Air Base, a former American military base that is now a bustling industrial and recreation complex.

"No survivors have been found," air force spokesman Lt Col Maynard Mariano said, adding that similar Blackhawks have been grounded amid an investigation into the crash.

"We grieve for the loss."

The helicopter took off from Clark in Pampanga province for the two-hour training excercise but failed to return as scheduled.

A search and rescue team later found the wreckage, Mariano said without elaborating.

The Defence Department finalized a deal to acquire 16 of the Blackhawks for USD 241 million in 2019 under a military program to modernize one of Asia's most ill-equipped and underfunded militaries.

Aside from fighting decades-long communist and Muslim insurgencies, the military has been under pressure to acquire more equipment and weapons to defend its territories and claimed areas in the disputed South China Sea.

The helicopter that crashed was among six that were delivered in November.

The rest of the Blackhawks will be received by the military within the year, Mariano said.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp