CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN digital, April 25) – Senator Richard Gordon in his tweet Thursday has confirmed that three passengers on board a private helicopter that crashed in Anilao, Bulacan have died.
"Death toll rose to 3 in a helicopter crash in Malolos, Bulacan. Other injured passengers were already transported by our team to Bulacan Medical Center," the senator said in his tweet.
The senator did not reveal the identity of those who died but Bulacan Governor Willy Alvarado has identified and confirmed that one of those who died was Businessman and the helicopter owner, Liberato "Levy" Laus. Other fatalities were said to be the pilot and another male who was rushed to the nearest hospital but attending doctors pronounced him dead several hours later.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CCAP) told the media that around 12:47 in the afternoon today, the helicopter with body marking RP C8098 crash landed at a fishpond in Anilao, Bulacan. CAAP said the helicopter was owned and operated by LGC Air Transport.
CAAP said aircraft was bound for San Fernando, Pampanga when it encountered trouble and the pilot crashlanded the helicopter into a fishpond hoping they could still survive.
Meanwhile, Police investigator Danilo Torres has confirmed to reporters that initial investigation disclosed three passengers have really died including the pilot.
The aircraft, authorities said, carried more than five passengers and left Ninoy Aquino International Airport at around 12:28 this afternoon. Minutes later it crashlanded in Bulacan.