PAF bomber plane crash-lands in Zamboanga; pilots slightly injured


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — An OV-10 Air Force bomber plane crash-landed at the runway of the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Sta. Maria village here Wednesday morning, a military official said.

Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Okol, Philippine Air Force spokesman, said the pilots of the plane were safe.

Okol said the plane was trying to land at the EAAB when one of its engines conked out a little before 9 a.m.

The pilots (the military withheld their names) made an emergency landing but the plane still rammed the runway, he said.

Okol would not say what damage the plane had sustained but other informants said it was a total wreck.

Colonel Emeraldo Magnaye, commander of the 503rd Wing Command, said the plane was damaged but also would not say to what extent.

“The pilots had ejected before the plane smashed onto the ground,” said a source, who requested anonymity.

Western Mindanao Command deputy commander Brigadier General Gerardo Layug also confirmed the source’s statement.

“The two pilots were able to bail out from the aircraft and they are both safe and we received initial report that the plane attempted to land with only one engine working,” Layug said.

Magnaye said the pilots were safe but had been brought to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

“No severe injuries were incurred by our pilots,” he said.

Okol said Lieutenant General Oscar Rabena, PAF commanding general, had ordered an investigation into the accident.

“But there are no orders yet for grounding of other OV-10s,” he said.

Magnaye said the investigation team was coming from the 15th Strike Wing based in Sangley Point.

Wednesday’s crash was the latest in the series of crashes that had brought the number of PAF’s air assets down.

On October 1, three Air Force men, including two pilots, were also killed when a Huey helicopter crashed in Patikul, Sulu.

The pilots were making a precautionary landing at Camp Baladad in Sitio (sub-village) Tubig Magtuh in Barangay Panglayahan when the helicopter suffered “loss of power” for still unknown reasons.

First posted 11:12 am | Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

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  • Ben

    One flying coffin down, the good part of it is that it did not brought the two pilots along with it to it`s fiery end. Time to think for the modern replacement….

  • Anonymous

    Bili na kasi ng bagong land-attack plane. Gusto ng mura pero may quality, buy the SU-25 Frogtoot ng Russia. Huwag masyadong umasa sa USA-made arsenals. Iniipit naman rin sa spare parts by offering them in very expensive prices. Daming arsenal ng Russia (tanks, air defence system), mura at madaling kausap ang seller.

    • Anonymous

      RoleClose air support aircraft
      Manufacturer Sukhoi Design BureauTbilisi Aircraft Manufacturing (former)
      First flight22 February 1975 (T8)
      Introduction19 July 1981
      Status Active service
      Primary usersRussian Air ForceBelarusian Air Force Ukrainian Air Force
      Produced1978–present Number built1,024Units
      costUS$11 million

  • KC

    It’s NOT aA NEWS ANYMORE. Gen. Oscar Rabena HOY GISING PO!

  • antonioluna

    Mahilig kasi sa mga pinaglumaan ng kano, ganyan ba ang ALLY bebentahan ka ng mga outdated warcrafts?
    Mura nga pero maasahan pa ba?

  • Don

    no matter how good our pilots are, with all this junk aircraft that they are using, their one foot are already buried on the grounds.

  • yeoj

    Pnoy Government Gives 5 Million (MILF) 30 Million? (ABB) to the Enemy of the State – Act of Treason…..
    Public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people,
    serve them with utmost responsibility (playing psp while smoking in office), integrity(denied FOI), loyalty(KKK),
    and efficiency(no bills passed as Congressman and Senator), act with patriotism (give 5Million to Enemy of the State)
    and justice (blame the AFP for ambush), and lead modest lives (sports car addict).
    Silence, in those situations is equivalent to saying “all is well” or that we are “okay” with what is going on. 
    If we do not acknowledge the wrong in the world, then it is like we are “accepting” and thus limit the chances that
    the situation will change for the better.

  • Anonymous

    OV 10 Bronco belongs to the museum!!!

  • Anonymous

    Humans have their lifetime, Machines have their due time . You can extend their serviceability a little longer but not forever. OV-10 Bronco aircraft was due to the Mojave desert aircraft graveyard when the US sold it the Phils.If we have the saying “pera na ,naging bato pa !” this one is “bato na, naging pera pa !”

    • Anonymous

      Not really. With proper maintenance, a lot of machines can still be operational. Look at the F-4 Phantom, F-5 Tiger, B-52 Stratofortress, etc. – these airplanes are still in service in various countries around the world, with the B-52 still in service in the USAF ever since the 50’s. Most of the time, the only reason aircraft are retired is because it is outdated technology, not because it is no longer operational nor serviceable.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, Japan purchased about 140 F4-Phantom from 1968 to mid-70’s and at present there are still 90 operational PHANTOM fighter/interceptors and 15 PHANTOM-Reconnaissance.

        There are still more than 100 operational F5-Tiger-II in Singapore and Taiwan Air Forces though they are almost 30 years old already

      • Anonymous

        Precisely what i’m trying to say is, that the different aircrafts you have mentioned were all in the arsenal of the US airforce and have outlived their usefulness. It is not only un-economical to maintain them but also not mission oriented to the changing times.To make them operational and serviceable , constant upgrades ,modifications and alteration is needed.That’s why they sell them to poor countries like the philippines to make money.The OV-10 bronco is a buy -one- take one aircraft because there was no available spares in case of breakdown.The PAF aircraft is flying only because of Filipino ingenuity.
        Even with proper maintenance,machines will have to be junked sooner or later .And as you have said”The only reason aircraft are retired is because it is outdated Technology “!

  • Guest

    Yeap!  The comment below is accurate.  But, what is to say about aircraft maintenance records in the Philippine Air Force?  Knowing airplanes and flying them, we know personally with two-engine jet aircraft, you can fly on one engine, depending on what controls and equipment is running off the engine that services them.  Are parts available from the USA?  Retooling and revamping old parts can be made for those countries flying what the US considers, “obsolete platforms” such as this OV/10.

    Don’t go and tell  me the OV/10 is the new “Widow-maker”!  We will wait and see.  But anything could cause engine failure and experts can determine this.  Not worth the effort . 

    Not even “modernization” of aircraft fleets will do.  But Taiwan just got F-18’s from the USA.  Goes to tell you inside information says the Philippines is a shaky little country with unstable government.  Not the right stiff for selling the country new fighters.

    When the dictator World Bank just yesterday declared the Philippines as being, “violent, unstable and bureaucratic”, this should tell you something about whee the Philippines stands as 4th from the bottom of countries who anyone should deal business with! 

  • Anonymous

    Kung magaling ang maintenance, OK pa ang OV-10.

    Before nag-divorce yung US and Iran (due to the Islamic/Khomeni revolution nung 1979), nagbenta ng mga 80 F-14 Tomcat ang US sa Iran (1974 to 1978). Since 1979 to present ay ni-hold ng US ang spare parts ng TOMCAT at ni minsan ay di tinuruang mag-kumpuni. Pero ni-reverse engineer ng Iran ang TOMCAT and until now ay meron silang 45-to-60 operational TOMCAT. Gumagawa na rin ang Iran ng sariling spare parts galing sa reverse engineering.

    Ang B-52 ay malaking bomber ng US na ginawa from 1955 to 1968. More than 90 pa ang operational ngayon. Dahil sa good maintenance ay gagawin ng America na operational ang mga B-52 till 2040 or until it use become obsolete.

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) received a total of 24 OV-10A from US stocks in 1991, later followed by a further nine from the United States, and 8 ex-Thai Air Force OV-10C models in 2003–2004 (these 8 from Thailand were sold at a price of 1 US$ per piece).

    In 2011-2012, there is unconfirmed report that 10 out of 12 OV-10 Bronco’s of Thailand air force will be donated to the PAF at a price of 1 US$ per piece.

    Ang kahinaan lang ng OV-10 Bronco ay once na inilagay ang 500lb or 750-lb na bomba sa belly nito ay kailangang ihulog ito bago mag-landing ulit. Kaya kapag nawala ang bobombahin, hinuhulog na lang sa dagat ang bomba bago bumalik sa base.

  • unokritiko

    Hey you!rotten people here making rotten comments!
    you really belong to this air forced command were their equipments now full of rusts including its personnel, They bought an aircraft that easily conks out in the air just to satisfy the defense pockets of a few!!
    If they are not really rusty in their brains as wel!l they should  planned to acquire a reliable fleet of private planes like (cessna or beechcraft)!! not a short time bomber that missed the target and conks out in the air!!!
    In the first place air force is just a support group in this hostility!!
    Do what the us of a is now doing by retrofitting these type of aircraft as an air suveillance as well as used for transports. A fleet of say 10 units fitted with infra red camera can help much what the ground troops is doing, It is less expensive than what you people are talking in nonesense!!!

  • Anonymous

    The Philippines Air Force, through the Department of National Defense already purchased 18 brand-new SF-260 Turbo-prob trainer (double as COIN Support plane)  from Alenia Aermacchi (ITALY) worth $13.1m. There were already 4 operational units in the PAF before the purchase of this 18 new planes.

    This provide 18 advanced SF-260 trainer aircraft for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) under its forces
    modernisation programme. Some of these 18 new planes will be retrofitted with 50-cal machine-gun for COIN. The contract also encompasses providing integrated logistics package such as supplying initial equipment and spare parts after sale. 8 planes were already delivered last year and the remaining 10 will be assembled in the Philippines and will be hand-over to the PAF by the end of this year.

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