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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Philippine Air Force chopper catches fire in Ilocos

An Air Force helicopter on an aerial surveillance mission against
communist rebels in Ilocos Sur caught fire on Friday, reports said.

Six soldiers on board the helicopter cheated death as they were able
to leave the aircraft when it made an emergency landing in Barangay
Nagrebcan in Santa Lucia town.

The military has yet to reveal the cause of the fire.

Some suggest that the helicopter may have been hit by gunfire from the
ground but the military believes that the aircraft developed
mechanical trouble while in the air.

Army Lt. Col. Rogelio Migote earlier confirmed an armed encounter
between government troops and New People’s Army guerrillas in Barangay
Cuncunit also in Santa Lucia.

He did not say if there were casualties from the clash.

Nagrebcan is located in the boundary of La Union, Ilocos Sur, at Abra provinces

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