PAF bomber plane crashes: Pilot, co-pilot slightly hurt PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 November 2011 15:47

An OV-10 Bronco plane of the Philippine Air Force was a total wreck after it crashed near the runway of the Edwin Andrews Air Base in this city yesterday morning after encountering engine trouble.

The plane’s pilot, Maj. David Terrajano and co-pilot Lt. Adonis Buscas ejected to safety and suffered only minor injuries. The underwent checkup at the base’s clinic.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo said the plane was on a test flight when it encountered engine trouble.

It was learned that pilot tried to land the plane on one engine and it was hit by strong wind around 9:55 a.m.

“They were trying to land the plane on one engine, medyo nag-stall ang isa. Hindi nila nakayanan so the pilots ejected,” said Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, spokesman of the military’s Western Mindanao Command.

Terrajano and Buscas said the bomber plane became uncontrollable due to the strong wind. They ejected with parachute before the plane slammed on the ground near the runway.

Motorists and some residents living near the airbase told newsmen that they saw the plane flying not on a normal way while approaching the base and it suddenly fell and crashed.

They said they saw the pilot and co-pilot ejected with parachutes before the plane went crashing down.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, Sr. Supt. De Ocampo and Sta. Maria Police Station commander Chief Insp. Felix Martinez proceeded to the crash site to check the situation.

A PAF investigating team were still trtying to determine the exact cause of the crash.

OV-10 Bronco bombers are  used in dropping bombs on enemy ground positions. — Dan Toribio Jr.