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Category: News - Briefs Created: 10/24/2006 10:17 PM
Updated: 05/10/2010 06:57 PM
PAF OV-10 Bronco Involved in Landing Accident
Oct. 24, 2006 - Gear failure causes Philippine Bronco to leave runway -- Crew OK, fleet grounded
By Mike Whaley
(Updated: 11/3/2006 at 5:15pm EST)

Cartoon from Philippine Star editorial 'Waiting for an upgrade' - 2006-10-25
Editorial cartoon from the Philippine Star in response to this accident
An OV-10A Bronco of the Philippine Air Force (PAF tail number 134, this is a former Thai AF OV-10C, US Navy BuNo 159134) swerved off the runway at about 10:00 am local time on Tuesday, October 24, 2006 as it landed at the Haribon complex of Diosdado Macapagal Airport at Clark Air Base, Pampanga, Philippines. The Bronco was participating in the annual 'Talon Vision' joint US-Filipino military exercises, in a training module for joint attack tactics with a USMC Harrier. Just after touching down on landing, the Bronco's right main landing gear collapsed, causing the airplane to swerve off of the right side of the runway. Rescue crews from the Philippine Air Force, US Marine Corps, and the Clark International Airport immediately responded to the accident scene. Upon arrival, rescuers found the two crew members -- identified as pilot 1Lt. Maureen Fajardo and copilot Capt. Villamor Feria -- had already exited the stricken aircraft on their own, though they appeared to be shaken up. USMC EMT's evaluated the crew members at the scene, and they were then transported to an the Air Force City General Hospital on the base for x-rays and observation, but were found to have suffered only minor bruises. BrigGen Gilbert Llanto, commander of the 600th Air Base Wing (the PAF host unit at Clark Air Base) stated that the aircraft landed on its right side, in a grassy field along the runway... "An incident like that is normal to us in the Air Force," he said. [We sure hope not! Ed.] Though one headline read "PAF Plane Destroyed in War Games Landing", photos showed much less than total destruction. Philippine Air Force spokesman Augusto dela Peña told the Sun Star that "The aircraft suffered major damage, particularly at the right wing, landing gear, the nose gear and the right engine... we needed a crane to lift the aircraft." The PAF has grounded all 14 OV-10s in their active fleet pending the investigation into this accident.

Rescue crews found a fuel leak and applied a light coat of foam as a precaution against fire. The rescue vehicles were moved off the runway and normal airport operations were able to resume. The three rescue agencies have trained together previously, and were each complimentary of the smoothness of the rescue and the ability of the different units to work together to save lives and protect property. The Philippine Air Force uses their OV-10s for supporting ground troops fighting insurgents in Luzon and the Visayas, for strafing and bombing missions against Abu Sayyaf terrorists based in Sulu, and to patrol the Kalayaan Islands, in the South China Sea.


Story in the Sun Star (including aircraft info and damage report)
USMC/AP Photos: Photo 1 - Photo 2
Philippine Star Editorial (Is this the world's first op-ed cartoon featuring an OV-10?)
Story on USMC Website
Philippines Inquirer: Article 1 - Article 2
Article in The Manila Times

(Our thanks to CWO2 Damon Anderson, USMC for the heads-up on this story... Oooh-rah!)

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