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Category: News - Briefs Created: 12/01/2003 05:40 PM
URL(s):   Updated: 10/11/2004 12:00 PM
Philippine Bronco Crash
Crew OK, plane lost on Nov. 29
By Mike Whaley
An OV-10A of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) crashed on Saturday, November 29, 2003 around noontime while flying over Balayan, crashing in the Munting Indang village within the town of Nasugbu in Batangas province (just south of Manila.) The plane, which was on its way from the western island of Palawan to a base near Manila, had tail number 681 and was one of the first batch of Broncos transferred to the Philippines from the US. The plane lost power in the right engine and was unable to maintain altitude. PAF ground teams described the plane as "totally wrecked." It was reported that there was no property damage or ground injuries resulting from the crash.

The crew was Capt. Froiland L. Paras and 1st Lt. Peter Paul C. Lim. Both are members of the PAF's 15th Strike Wing. They were taken to Villamor Air Base for treatment. Capt. Paras suffered a minor leg injury, while 1st Lt. Lim was uninjured.

A PAF spokesman, Maj. Restituto Padilla, said the Bronco was returning to Danilo Atienza Field in Sangley Point, Cavite, from the Armed Forces Western Command in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. "It was on its way to Cavite for regular maintenance... it had performed regular maritime patrol missions in Puerto Princesa."

Thank you to Frank Suha for forwarding information on this.

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