Philippine Air Force W-3A Sokół Helicopter Crash Lands Injuring Twelve

A Philippine Air Force W-3A Sokół helicopter crash landed in the Philippines’ Tarlac province, north of Manila, on Thursday injuring twelve people including a pilot.

The accident happened at around 2:00 p.m. local time at Col. Ernesto Ravina Air Base, also known as Crow Valley Gunnery Range. The pilot suffered a head injury while another crew member had a broken arm. The rest only suffered scratches.

The helicopter’s passengers included members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, who were on their way to an event in Crow Valley. COOP-NATCCO party-list Rep. Anthony Bravo was also injured in the crash.

The Air Force on Friday grounded all of its Sokol helicopters as a precautionary measure while the investigation is ongoing.

PZL W-3 Sokół (English: “Falcon”) is a medium-size, twin-engine, multipurpose helicopter developed and manufactured by Polish helicopter company PZL-Świdnik (now AgustaWestland Świdnik). It was the first helicopter entirely designed and produced in Poland.

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