6 soldiers killed in Philippines helicopter crash

6 soldiers killed in Philippines helicopter crash

An S-70i Black Hawk utility helicopter crashed north of Manila on Wednesday night, killing six crew members, Philippine Air Force (PAF) said on Thursday.

“Last night, June 23, 2021 an S-70i Black Hawk Utility helicopter of the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing on a night flight training figured in a mishap a few miles from Colonel Ernesto Rabina Air Base in Capas, Tarlac,” said PAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Maynard Mariano in a statement.

Mariano added that helicopter took off from Clark Air Base at around 8 p.m. for the exercise area.

Meanwhile, Philippine Air Force announced that the entire Black Hawk fleet has been grounded while the incident is being investigated.

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