Victoria Court owner dies in helicopter crash


Posted at Jul 05 2015 03:36 PM | Updated as of Jul 06 2015 07:41 AM

MANILA (6th UPDATE) -- The owner of Victoria Court was one of two who died in a helicopter crash in the Mount Maculot area in Barangay Pinagkaisahan, Cuenca, Batangas past noon on Sunday.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) confirmed the fatalities as Archimedes "Archie" King, the owner of the chain of motels in the country; and the pilot, Capt. Felicisimo Taborlupa.

Batangas police said the Augusta 109E chopper with registry number RP-C2726 was operated by King’s Malate Tourist Development Corp.

The injured passengers, meanwhile, were identified as Lingling King, the motel chain owner’s wife; designer Tina Ocampo and her husband Rico Ocampo; Philippine Tatler editor-in-chief Anton San Diego; and Standard Insurance president Patricia Chilip and her husband, Christopher Chilip.

They were brought to the Martin Marasigan Hospital before being transferred to St. Luke's in Manila.

King's remains arrived at the Heritage Park in Taguig around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

King, his wife, and their friends were supposed to be on their way back to Manila from Puerto Galera.

Batangas police said they received a call from Barangay Captain Celistino Arguna at around 12:45 p.m. informing them of a chopper crash in a forested area in Mount Maculot.

Police and residents in the area said it was raining and the mountain was foggy when the incident happened.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash, including the possibility that it was related to weather disturbances caused by tropical storm "Egay."

As of 8 a.m. on Sunday, "Egay" was spotted in the vicinity of Alacapan in Cagayan, moving northwest at 9 kilometers per hour. - with reports from Arnell Ozaeta, dzMM and Cesca Joves, ABS-CBN Southern Tagalog

Two people have been confirmed dead after a private helicopter crashed near Mount Maculot in Batangas. Photo provided by ABS-CBN Regional Network Group