Trainer plane crashes in Philippines, killing 2 air force pilots

Rescuers retrieve the our bodies of two Philippine navy pilots killed in a airplane crash throughout a coaching flight, in Pilar city, Bataan province, Philippines, January 25, 2023. (Bureau of Fireplace Safety Area III Pilar Bataan/Handout by way of Reuters)

 Two Philippine navy pilots have been killed when their airplane crashed throughout a coaching flight on Wednesday, the air drive stated.

The SF-260 TP Marchetti was seen taking place right into a paddy discipline in Bataan province west of the capital Manila 40 minutes after takeoff, and an investigation was underway into the reason for the accident, the air drive stated.

It stated it has temporality grounded its fleet of SF-260 TP coach planes.

The airplane, which has been in operation within the Philippines for the reason that Nineteen Seventies, has additionally served as a light-weight assault fight plane, together with throughout months of air strikes on southern Marawi Metropolis after it was taken over in 2017 by militants loyal to Islamic State.

The Philippines’ U.S.-allied navy has suffered earlier accidents involving its plane, a lot of that are previous and date again to the Vietnam Conflict period. The Philippines is present process upgrades as a part of a modernization program.

In 2021, a navy plane carrying troops sure for counter-insurgency operations crashed with 96 onboard, killing 53 individuals, in its worst navy air accident in practically three many years.

Individually, the air drive stated its helicopters have been concerned in search operations on Wednesday for a lacking Cessna plane carrying six civilians, which didn’t arrive at an airport in northeast Isabela province yesterday.

—Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Enhancing by Martin Petty