1 PNP personnel dead, 2 others hurt in chopper crash

A personnel of the Philippine National Police died and two others were injured after their helicopter crashed in the vicinity of Real, Quezon on Monday, PNP public information office chief Roderick Alba confirmed.

He said Patrolman Allen Noel Ona died, while pilot PLtCol Dexter Vitug and co-pilot PLtCol Michael Mellora are undergoing treatment in a hospital in Infanta, Quezon.

The ill-fated H125 Airbus with registry number RP-9710 was reported missing hours after taking off at 6:17 AM from the Manila Domestic Airport in Pasay City en route to northern Quezon on an administrative mission. PNP said there were reports it was rainy in the area of Real.

Following the incident, the PNP grounded the entire fleet of H125 Airbus Police helicopters while an investigation is underway.

Back in March 2020, a Bell 429 GlobalRanger chopper aircraft carrying then PNP chief Archie Gamboa and several other police officials crashed in Laguna. It claimed the life of PNP comptroller chief Major General Jovic Ramos.

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