MANILA: The Defence department has ordered the Philippine Air Force (PAF) to contact the Polish firm that supplied the Sokol helicopter that crashed in Marawi on Thursday. Security officials are expected to submit a formal report about the accident to PZL-Swidnik SA, the company that manufactured the aircraft.
“PAF was directed to inform the Sokol manufacturer about the incident,” Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said in a text message.
The government has purchased eight Sokol combat utility from PZL-Swidnik SA for P2.8bn. Gazmin said the Air Force is now probing the incident, which took place as the military is restoring its capabilities that have been depleted due to budget constraints.
Air Force spokesman Lt Col Canaya said an investigating team has been dispatched to the crash site. “I spoke to pilots and they said there was no engine failure,” the Air Force spokesman said.
“There are no official results yet. We will wait for the investigating team,” he added.
Canaya belied speculations that the aircraft, which carried 11 persons, was overloaded.
The Philippine star