Four Died in PAF Chopper Crash – The four people who died onboard a Philippine Air Force (PAF) Huey helicopter which crashed at the Cauayan Air Station on Thursday night have already been identified.
The victims were identified as Captain Christopher Cesar Urbano, the pilot in command, and Captain Fiorelio Bernardo, his co-pilot. Their bodies were retrieved from the wreckage.
The other two fatalities, also PAF personnel, were identified as First Lt. Mike Tabigne and Staff Sergeant John Christopher Taguiam.
Another passenger, Airman First Class Gerry Aviles Jr. was taken to the Isabela United Doctors Medical Center after sustaining multiple fractures.
Brig. Gen. Crizaldo Nieves, Cagayan Valley regional police chief, said the PAF men were conducting night vision goggles proficiency training at the Tactical Operations Group 2 (TOG2) in Barangay San Fermin around 7 p.m. when the helicopter crash-landed shortly after take-off.
The chopper, with tail no. 8308, belongs to the PAF’s 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing.
In a statement, the PAF said the cause of the crash was not immediately known but it already launched an investigation.
Edmond Evaristo, a villager near the crash site, said they heard loud sounds of an explosion at the area followed by billowing smoke.
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We express our sympathy and deepest condolences to Jonathan Hoffman’s family today and in the days, weeks, months, and years that are to come as they cope with his passing. May his soul rest in peace.
Authorities Thursday identified a man who died at the scene of a shooting at a residence in Burbank that left his wife critically wounded and a suspect dead.
The shooting was reported at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 900 block of Cambridge Drive, near Bel Aire Drive. Armen Sahakyan, 41, of Burbank was found inside his home and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Burbank police Sgt. Derek Green.