The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has grounded its W-3A “Sokol” fleet following the crash-landing of the same helicopter in Puerto Princesa, Palawan last week, PAF spokesperson Col. Antonio Francisco said in an interview Tuesday.
The Air Force initially has eight W-3A units in its fleet but it was reduced following the mishap in Marawi, Lanao Del Sur in 2014, and the accident in Puerto Princesa, Palawan last Nov. 8. Four ranking police officials were hurt in the accident.
Francisco added that the accident investigation team has yet to release the results of the mishap.
Despite the grounding of the “Sokol” helicopters, the PAF spokesperson said they still have adequate assets for their missions as they still have the UH-1Hs and Sikorsky helicopters in service.
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