2 PAF pilots killed as trainer plane crashes PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 February 2015 14:36

Two Philippine Air Force pilots were killed when a trainer plane crashed into the sea during an exhibition flight off Batangas province in Northern Philippine Saturday morning.

The plane was one of four engaged in maneuvers, according to GMA News network.

The network stringer said the flight exhibition was part of Nasugbu town’s 70th year celebration of its liberation from Japanese invaders during the World War 2,

Philippine Air Force (PAF) spokesman Lt. Col. Ernesto Canaya  told GMA News the ill-fated plane was a trainer aircraft  called Marchetti SF-260FH Nr 1034

Citing initial information, Canaya said the plane crashed some 300 meters off the shoreline of the village of Bucana in Nasugbu

He said, the aircraft took off from the Fernando Air Base in Lipa City at 9:07 a.m., to join the a 3-aircraft formation training mission.

Helicopters based in Villamor Air Base were immediately dispatched to area to support recovery operations, he added.

The two pilots were dead after their bodies were pulled out from the aircraft.

Nasugbu Police Chief Insp. Pablo Aguda identified the fatalities as 1st Lt. Nazer Jana and Capt. John Bayao.

Canaya said they have yet to determine the cause of the plane crash.

PAF has 18 trainer planes some of which are being utilized by the PAF as part of the Philippine air defense, while the rest are for training of  Filipino pilots in the PAF’s flying school in Lipa City, Batangas province.