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Friday, June 1, 2007

Rotorcraft Report: AF Chief—Kite Caused Philippines Huey Crash

MILITARY/TRAINING

The head of the Philippines Air Force says a child’s kite was responsible for the April 28 crash of one of its Bell Helicopter UH-1Hs that killed nine people.

Lt. Gen. Horacio Tolentino reported a survivor told him the aircraft was flying on a training flight and about to land on the island of Cebu when a kite string became entangled in the rotor blades. He said nylon string was found tangled just below the main rotor. The Huey crashed on a street, killing seven people and two crewmembers.

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