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Sokol #926 crashes in Palawan
« on: November 08, 2016, 04:38:19 AM »
Rappler - November 08, 2016
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Mayor, a former police spokesperson, and 3 other passengers were brought to the hospital for "minor injuries," according to the military.

Air Force Sokol 926, carrying 13 passengers, was doing a reconnaissance flight in prepation for the November 10 ASEAN Chief of Justices Conference when it "experienced a mechanical problem and crash landed" in Sitio Sabang of barangay Cabayugan," said Cherryl Tindog, spokespreson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command.

The pilots were attempting an emergency landing when the chopper crashed.

The chopper was also carrying Chief Superintendent Camilo Cascolan, police director for operations.

see also: Sokol #921 crashes in Marawi 2014
« Last Edit: November 08, 2016, 04:40:59 AM by Ayoshi »

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Re: Sokol #926 crashes in Palawan
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2016, 08:46:15 AM »
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Re: Sokol #926 crashes in Palawan
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2016, 10:17:43 AM »
ABS-CBN news - Updated as of Nov 08 2016 06:51 PM
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According to the Western Command (WESCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), experienced mechanical problems the Air Force Sokol 926 before it crashed in Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan.

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WESCOM already sent the air ambulance and another aircraft in the area.



Photo by Chinee Palatino, ABS-CBN News

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Re: Sokol #926 crashes in Palawan
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2016, 10:31:20 AM »
SMH, mechanical problem on a barely 5 year old helo?
It wont matter how many new assets the Air Force gets, if funding for its maintenance is lacking, it will end up as hangar queen or worst..
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Re: Sokol #926 crashes in Palawan
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2016, 07:01:11 PM »
From the website of DWDD -- the Katropa Radio operated by CRS-AFP :

http://dwdd.com.ph/2016/11/08/paf-sokol-tail-no-926-chopper-performs-emergency-landing-in-puerto-princesa-city/

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A Philippine Air Force (PAF) Sokol helicopter with tail number 926 that was on a mission to conduct a probing flight for the ASEAN Air Chief Justice Summit encountered one engine inoperative malfunction that led the pilot to perform emergency landing on November 8, 2016 around 2:42 to 2:45pm in Sitio Sabang, Palawan, which is approximately 28 nautical miles North of Puerto Princesa City.

According to the Pilot-in-Command (PIC), 1Lt Gino Glenn D Solano PAF, they landed on a rice field since it was the nearest and safest area, which is away from the population.

However, the rice field’s uneven surface led the aircraft to tilt to the right as it touches down causing damages to its main rotor blades.

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The PAF crew includes the following: 1Lt Gino Glenn D Solano PAF (PIC), Major Michael R Yraolo (Co-pilot), Sgt Dunhill R Guanzon (Crew), and A1C Mark Phol T Masangkay (Helicopter Mechanic).

The second engine saved the day?  But not enough power for the total load (13 pax) for a better clearing?
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Re: Sokol #926 crashes in Palawan
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2016, 08:57:03 PM »
Obviously the Pilots doesn't know how unstable a wet ricefield is...or he might have just forgotten his childhood days how his little weight will even stuck you in the mud knee deep.

IIRC a civilian posted a wider angle picture wherein adjacent to where it landed a brgy. road is visible...I don't know the circumstances and won't prejudge, but on hindsight he should have chosen the road.

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photo credit to Owner shared on our FB Forum.

why didn't he choose the road?
« Last Edit: November 09, 2016, 03:42:51 AM by SG99n1 »
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Re: Sokol #926 crashes in Palawan
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2016, 09:48:39 PM »
hows the chances of not tilting if the helicopter instead of wheels have skid landing on a wet ricefield

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Re: Sokol #926 crashes in Palawan
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2016, 10:21:34 PM »
depending on the maintenance and if used for five years, the engine efficiency could have degraded to a point where excess power may not be available. as I see it, the pilot had to make a decision: try to land quickly or operate on one engine. depending on the engine mounted, oei @ emergency power will give him maybe 30 to 120 seconds (again load is also a factor). he might have tried to avoid an overtemp on the good engine and felt he could save both engines and airframe, unfortunately.... but if one were to investigate, the possibility that the pilot(s) were not that proficient in emergency procedures should also be considered.

jm2c, too many factors unknown...

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Re: Sokol #926 crashes in Palawan
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2016, 10:37:06 PM »
depending on the maintenance and if used for five years, the engine efficiency could have degraded to a point where excess power may not be available. as I see it, the pilot had to make a decision: try to land quickly or operate on one engine. depending on the engine mounted, oei @ emergency power will give him maybe 30 to 120 seconds (again load is also a factor). he might have tried to avoid an overtemp on the good engine and felt he could save both engines and airframe, unfortunately.... but if one were to investigate, the possibility that the pilot(s) were not that proficient in emergency procedures should also be considered.

jm2c, too many factors unknown...

I wonder if this will change the PAF leadership's fixation with two engines

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