A Filipino military helicopter carrying a crew of four and five
scientists scouting possible home sites near a volcano went down on
Thursday. All nine were reportedly killed.
Rescue teams were flown into the crash site, on the slopes of
Mount Namal, some 60 miles north of Manila. They were able to
recover all nine bodies.
Among the victims abpard the Bell UH1-B were four scientists
from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. They
were on a state-sponsored mission to look for possible housing
sites in an area recently hit by devastating mudslides.
“The aircraft exploded but we don’t
know if it was upon impact or while in mid-air,” said Senior
Inspector Pablo Cruz, police chief of Gabaldon, who was among the
first to reach the crash scene. He was quoted by the Khaleej