16-Jan-21 517 Bell UH-1H Busdi, Philippines (7F)

Two UH-1s flying together and the pilot of the second aircraft remarked that he could see smoke from the engine of the first aircraft.   The pilot of the first aircraft advised that they were turning back, but as it maneuvered, it nosedived, according to reports.  The pilot reportedly made sure they would not crash land on a group of houses and hence ended up in the rice field, but the impact was fatal for all six on board.  Pilot named in the report as Lt. Col. Arnie Arroyo

Some reports say 6 fatalities and we will update this post as required

Date:
16 January, 2021
Reg:
517
Make:
Bell
Model:
UH-1
MSN:
TBA
Location:
Busdi village, near the town of Impasugong in Bukidnon province
Country:
Philippines
Civil / Military:
Military
Fatalities:
7
Operator:
Philippine-Air-Force
Link:
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/01/16/2070917/6-die-philippine-air-force-chopper-crashes-bukidnon
Link:
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1384443/7-soldiers-die-as-air-force-chopper-crashes-in-bukidnon
Link:
https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/16/21/helicopter-na-may-7-sakay-bumagsak-sa-bukidnon

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