Two display pilots killed in Philippine air crash

Philippine Air Force SF-260 crash

Soldiers carry the tail of an ill-fated Philippine Air Force Italian made light aircraft SIAI-Marchetti SF260 that crashed in the sea off the coast of Nasugbo, Batangas south of Manila (Photo by Reuters)

Flyers preparing for display when plane crashed into sea.

Two Philippine Air Force pilots were killed Saturday when their plane crashed into the sea as they prepared for an air display, local media reported.

The Marchetti SF-260 plane, which is used for training and acrobatics, came down off the coast of Batangas province in the northern Philippines, GMA News said.

It was one of three practising manoeuvers for a celebration to mark the liberation of the town of Batangas from the Japanese during World War II.

Air force spokesman Lt. Col. Ernesto Canaya told GMA News the aircraft took off from the Fernando air base in Lipa City.

The pilots’ bodies were recovered.

The Philippine Air Force has 18 of the Italian-made turboprop planes.

Since 2000, there have been at least 10 accidents involving Philippine Air Force and Philippine Navy aircraft.

Source: AA, By Roy Ramos/ Zamboanga City


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