MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has grounded its fleet of Huey helicopters after one on medical evacuation struck in Lanao del Sur on Thursday (November 26).
Lieutenant Aristides Galang said setting up the entire UH-1 fleet after an accident was standard operating procedure.
Bell 412 helicopters, meanwhile, would fill the gap left by the Hueys’ founding.
“We have many other types of aircraft,” said Galang.
Like Hueys, Bell 412 helicopters are used for a variety of missions such as search and rescue, passenger transportation and disaster relief.
Galang said the length of the Hueys base is still uncertain.
On Thursday, bad weather forced PAF Huey to land in an emergency shortly after taking over command in the town of Madalum after raising four wounded soldiers in a bomb blast.
A helicopter crew member was injured. One of the soldiers transported by air and critically injured died in the blast.
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