PNP grounds entire fleet pending Laguna chopper crash probe

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 06 2020 03:15 PM

Rescue teams check the wreckage of the Bell 429 chopper carrying Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa after a crash in Laguna on Thursday morning. Photo courtesy of Bernard Peralta

SAN PEDRO CITY, LAGUNA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) has grounded all of its aircraft pending the results of a probe on the crash that left top police officials injured.

PNP deputy chief for operations Lt. Gen Guillermo Eleazar announced the grounding on Friday, following a site inspection of the wreck of the Bell 429 chopper which crashed here on Thursday.
“Lahat sila hold muna, hindi mula sila gagamitin paglipad, while waiting for the result of the investigation,” he told reporters.

(All of the aircraft are grounded while waiting for the result of the investigation.) 

Eleazar was tasked by the PNP leadership to lead the Special Investigation Task Group that would look into the circumstances of the helicopter crash.

The 2-year-old Bell 429 chopper carrying PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa crashed after it got tangled with power lines in a sandy area in San Pedro City.

Gamboa said he was "okay" and would return to work on Monday.     

Other passengers of the chopper namely Major Generals Jovic Ramos and Mariel Magaway, the PNP's comptrollership and intelligence heads, respectively, remain in critical condition, said Eleazar.