Philippine Air Force grounds Black Hawks after Wednesday night mishap

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) reported that one of its S-70i Black Hawk Utility Helicopter, operating under 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing, on a night flight training figured in a mishap a few miles from Colonel Ernesto Rabina Air Base in Capas, Tarlac last night, June 23, 2021.

“For the meantime, all the other Blackhawks will not be flown until the conclusion of the investigation,” PAF said.

“The helicopter was earlier reported to be late from the estimated time of return to its station at Clark Air Base, Pampanga, thus, prompting the eventual search,” PAF added. “PAF search, retrieval, and recovery teams are diligently at work.”

“Night flight proficiency trainings are part of the capabilities of the pilots and crew, in this case the Blackhawk S70i, prior to their full deployment to assist our frontline units in their missions. Although with inherent risks, this competency is vital and necessary for the transport and logistics requirements of Unified Commands,” PAF explained.

“So far, no survivors have been found. The identities of the aircrew members will be provided as soon as the members of their families are properly notified. We grieve for the loss. The PAF will conduct a thorough inquiry to determine the circumstances of this unfortunate incident,” PAF added.