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Chopper knocks down LED screen at PNP headquarters

/ 10:56 PM August 08, 2018
PNP's brand new Bell 428 chopper

The PNP presented its brand new chopper during an event attended by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 8, 2018. PHOTO by Cathrine Gonzales/INQUIRER.net

Updated (August 9, 5:37 p.m. )

A brand new helicopter accidentally knocked down an LED screen at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters during a flight demonstration on Wednesday.

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The PNP was presenting its new Bell 428 chopper during the 117th National Police Service Anniversary attended by President Duterte when the aircraft accidentally flew too low near the screen.

The wind whipped up by the chopper’s blades toppled a giant LED  screen, prompting some guests to sprint for safety.

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Two civilians were hit in the head while another had a bruise in the knee, PNP Spokesperson Senior Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. told INQUIRER.net in a text message Thursday.

Injured civilians have been discharged from the hospital with home medication, he said.

“All other issues related to yesterday’s incident will be appropriately addressed by the PNP during a debriefing by the Committee in charge with the preparations for the 117th PSA Celebration,” Durana said.

The chopper was bought by the PNP only in March. /ee

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