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Co-pilot of ill-fated C-130 gave up dream to be a doctor to enter PMA

/ 10:42 AM July 10, 2021
soldiers C-130 crash

Members of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division carry the flag-draped metal caskets of the six soldiers who died during the C-130 crash in Sulu on Sunday. Their remains arrived to full military honors at the Lumbia airfield in Cagayan de Oro City on Wednesday, July 7. (Jigger Jerusalem)

DAVAO CITY—The co-pilot of the ill-fated Philippine Air Force C-130 aircraft that crashed in Patikul, Sulu on July 4  gave up his dream to be a doctor to enter the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

First Lieutenant Karl Joseph Hintay, of PMA Class 2017, was a BS Biology student at the University of the Philippines-Mindanao in 2012 when half way through the second semester, he took both entrance exams of the PMA and the Philippine National Police Academy.


He passed both and chose to enter the PMA.

Photo grabbed from Hintay’s Facebook account

He was 17, then.


Last Sunday, July 4, he co-piloted the C-130 aircraft that left Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental to bring soldiers to Jolo, Sulu.

The aircraft overshot the runway and crashed in Sitio Amman, Barangay Bangkal in Patikul, Sulu.

Friends, classmates remember C-130 pilot who die in Sulu crash

TRAGEDY SITE  – Military officers inspect the site in Patikul, Sulu province, where a Philippine Air Force Lockheed C-130 plane carrying troops crashed on July 4, 2021. (REUTERS)

Hintay’s body was recovered from the crash site.

He was 25.

The call

Dr. Daisy Diwara Hintay, the co-plilot’s mother, and Katherine Diwara Hintay, his sister, said they only confirmed his death at 9 a.m. on July 5, when she got a call from a certain Lt. Peñaflor of the Air Force’s 220th AirLift Wing, the unit based in the Benito Ebuen Air Base in Mactan, Cebu where Hintay is based.

“We last saw him in January this year,” Katherine recalled.

Last vacation

“He spent his vacation with us. He was happy hanging out with friends, spending time with us and just sleeping. He was happy with that,” she said, remembering the brother, who used to be an athlete from elementary to high school, a frequent figure in the Palarong Pambansa swimming competitions, proudly representing Panabo City.


“Lt. Clarete called from Zamboanga,” his mother said.


“He told us Karl’s body was in Zamboanga City already, for confirmation, for forensic. I asked them, can we place Karl in a casket but they said he could no longer be recognized, so we have to cremate him,” Dr. Hintay said.

He said her only wish for her son was to have a proper and decent wake and burial.

“He deserves it,” she said.

‘True service’

“Maybe he was still trying to save those soldiers. He was still strapped in his seat. He really gave his true service to the military,” she said.

“Maybe, he’s being fetched by his Dad,” she said, referring to Hintay’s father, whose death anniversary would be on July 11.

(File photo from Philippine Air Force)

The grieving mother described her son as a “very kind person, intelligent, a gentleman who never hesitates giving favors.”

She said she last spoke with Karl at 9 p.m. on July 2.

Vaccination reminder

“We have our scheduled weekend video call ritual. It was last Friday (July 2) when I called him. The usual video call. I told him, ‘Karlo, do not forget your COVID-19 vaccination.’”

She said she reminded Karl about his vaccination because he was tested positive for COVID-19 in April. She said he told her he was tired and had to sleep early because he had a flight the following day.

“He said he was scheduled for vaccination in the last week of July until this happened,” she said, referring to the morning of July 4, when the C-130 that her son co-piloted crashed.

“I was supposed to call him (that) Sunday night.”

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