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Air Force grounds 17 MG-520 helicopters
« on: August 20, 2007, 11:00:28 AM »
Air Force grounds 17 MG-520 helicopters
By James Mananghaya
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Officials of the Philippine Air Force grounded the 17 remaining MG-520 attack helicopters, pending investigation of the crash of one of the choppers in Basilan that killed an officer.

Lt. Col. Epifanio Panzo, Air Force spokesman, said that PAF chief Lt. Gen. Horacio Tolentino ordered the grounding of the attack helicopters as part of standard operating procedures whenever an aircraft accident happens.

“The Air Force safety office is conducting an investigation. They are in the area now. Anytime today they might recover the aircraft,” he said.

He said that the investigation would continue to determine the real cause of the crash even as initial reports indicated that the ill-fated aircraft encountered engine trouble while in flight.

The attack helicopter was returning to its base after providing air cover for the Marines fighting Abu Sayyaf bandits in Unkaya Pukan, Basilan when it crashed at sea.

The pilot of the ill-fated helicopter survived but his co-pilot, identified only as a certain Udaundo, was killed.

Six of the 17 grounded MG- 520 helicopters are currently deployed in Mindanao to support the ground operations against the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan and Sulu.

MG-520, a light and versatile helicopter fitted with various weapons, is suitable for providing close air cover to ground troops.

The attack helicopter is equipped with 50 caliber machine guns and rocket launchers. It can perform quick maneuvers due to its small size.       – With AP

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2007, 11:55:04 AM »
im not ashamed to say this but naiiyak ako sa news na to. kilala ko kasi si Lt. Udaondo, he was my bros bunkmate. nakita ko kasi pano nila pinaghirapan makapasok sa flying school. i remember my bro talking fondly of his 3 bunkmates and how they get into trouble everytime. my brother eventually left flight school but remained friends with most of the guys. my condolonces to his family.
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Re: Air Force grounds 17 MG-520 helicopters
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2007, 04:58:00 PM »




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Philippine Airforce maintenance crew check the body of the ill-fated MG-520 attack helicopter recovered by the navy at the pier of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao in Zamboanga City, southern Philippines 20 August 2007. The ill-fated attack helicopter crash landed after off the shallow waters of Amaloy village in Basilan providing air support to the ground marines that battled the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf last Saturday. The co-pilot of the ill-fated helicopter died from the crash while his pilot survived with injuries.

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Re: Air Force grounds 17 MG-520 helicopters
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2007, 07:04:08 PM »
no MD520MGs? oh no! more trouble for our ground troops ahead. :shock: :eyes:
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Re: Air Force grounds 17 MG-520 helicopters
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2007, 07:06:12 PM »
Maybe they will deploy the SF260s? Sana they can still fix it. Sayang kasi.


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Re: Air Force grounds 17 MG-520 helicopters
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2007, 09:55:45 PM »
I salute the fallen..RIP
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Re: Air Force grounds 17 MG-520 helicopters
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2007, 12:56:55 AM »
tsk2x!, may your soul rest in peace sir!, i salute those who die fighting just to preserve our freedom!

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Re: Air Force grounds 17 MG-520 helicopters
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2007, 10:50:54 AM »
with the grounding of the MD520MGs, is the CAS ops now being carried solely by OV-10s?
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Re: Air Force grounds 17 MG-520 helicopters
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2007, 03:39:31 PM »
So sorry to inform you that the great burden of CAS duties will now fall unto the lone PAF P-12E still flying. With money so tight, PAF has to make do with whatever it has. Today, this is all it got......

                 
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Re: Air Force grounds 17 MG-520 helicopters
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2007, 05:31:35 PM »
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with the grounding of the MD520MGs, is the CAS ops now being carried solely by OV-10s?

OV10 and the SF260 and more Howitz 105

http://www.gmanews.tv/largevideo/related/10691/PAF-prepares-bomber-planes-for-Basilan-Sulu-offensive

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Re: Air Force grounds 17 MG-520 helicopters
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2011, 01:01:42 AM »
You know what I think, congressional budget allocations should first focus attentions on setting additional budget for operational cost of defense agencies otherwise even if we buy brand new it will eventually crash kasi alang pyesa. I remembered watching this documentary about the MD520's sa TV the chopper had a wooden support near the tail rotor. When asked by the news guy about it the maintenance personnel answered "Para hindi ma strain ung suspension ng chopper kinakalsuhan namin." 
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Re: Air Force grounds 17 MG-520 helicopters
« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2011, 01:42:20 AM »
You know what I think, congressional budget allocations should first focus attentions on setting additional budget for operational cost of defense agencies otherwise even if we buy brand new it will eventually crash kasi alang pyesa. I remembered watching this documentary about the MD520's sa TV the chopper had a wooden support near the tail rotor. When asked by the news guy about it the maintenance personnel answered "Para hindi ma strain ung suspension ng chopper kinakalsuhan namin." 

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