6 soldiers, 2 others injured in Leyte helicopter crash

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Friday, December 6, 2013

TWO personnel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and six soldiers, including the pilots, were injured when the Huey helicopter carrying them crashed in Leyte province on Friday.

Captain Amado Gutierrez, spokesman of the Army's 8th Infantry Division, said the Air Force aircraft crashed around 3:45 p.m. at Bagacay West village in La Paz town due to engine problem.

Gutierrez said the helicopter came from the typhoon-hit Tacloban City, which is about 60 kilometers from the town.

He said those on board were on way to Bagacay West village but could not immediately say their specific mission in the area. The DSWD and the military are in the forefront of the relief and rehabilitation efforts in areas hit by Yolanda.

"It made an emergency landing because it developed engine trouble. The passengers were slightly injured. They suffered slight wounds and promptly administered treatment," said Gutierrez.

"Their mission (in the area) is not clear, our information is sketchy. But the assurance is that they are in good condition, they only sustained minor injuries," he said.

"All aboard were reported to have suffered injuries, very slight... They are okay, there is no need to worry," he said.

The official surmised that the aircraft sustained minor damage because the injuries of those onboard are slight. (VR/Sunnex)

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