first_imgGamboa, Banac, Gayramara, Estona andthe two pilots are in stable condition at St. Luke’s Medical Center in TaguigCity. He also assured the public that thegrounding of the entire PNP fleet would not affect other police operations. “We need a thorough investigation.This is not a case where we are looking for a murderer or a pursuit operationwhere time is of the essence. Still, the faster, the better,” he said inFilipino. Such move was part of the StandardOperating Procedure (SOP), he added. While he did not give a time table,Eleazar said they aim to finish the investigation at the soonest possible time. Eleazar said the helicopter had noblack box, an electronic recording device that preserves the recent history ofan aircraft. Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar,PNP deputy chief for operations and head of the Special Investigation TaskGroup (SITG), inspected the crash site with experts from the Philippine AirForce Safety Office and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)yesterday. The helicopter hit a high tension wireupon take-off due to poor visibility caused by thick dust, causing it to crashin Barangay San Antonio at around 8 a.m. on Thursday. (PNA) Aside from Gamboa, the otherpassengers of the helicopter were PNP spokesperson Brigadier General BernardBanac, Director for Comptrollership Major General Jovic Ramos, Director forIntelligence Major General Mariel Magaway, Gamboa’s aide Captain KevinGayramara, pilots Lieutenant Colonel Roel Zalatar and Lieutenant Colonel  Rico Macawili, and crew member Senior MasterSgt. Luis Estona. While the investigation is ongoing,the flying of seven air assets of the PNP has been suspended, Eleazar said. MANILA – The Philippine NationalPolice (PNP) will review the guidelines on the usage of its air assets as partof its probe of the crash of the helicopter carrying PNP chief, General ArchieGamboa and seven others in San Pedro, Laguna. This is the first time the PNP isconducting an investigation of an aircraft accident, he added. “This is for us to see the wholesituation to make necessary findings and recommendations,” he said. Initial investigation has beenconducted by the local police and the Criminal Investigation and DetectionGroup (CIDG), he said. “Some say there is a flight radar andblack box but we have yet to find out. According to the provincial director ofLaguna who happened to be a pilot, this Bell 429 (helicopter) had no blackbox,” Eleazar noted. CHOPPER CRASH. The helicopter carrying PNP chief Archie Gamboa and other police officials crashed in Barangay San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna, on March 5, 2020. Photo by Rappler “We requested (their) assistancebecause they are the experts in this field,” Eleazar told reporters. Meanwhile, Ramos and Magaway remain incritical condition at the Unihealth Southwoods Hospital and Medical Center(Unihealth) in Laguna Asian Hospital in Muntinlupa, respectively. Eleazar said authorities would makeuse of existing pieces of evidence, which include statements of witnesses,first responders, and passengers, in probing the accident.last_img