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Air Force OV-10s grounded following crash

Camille Diola (The Philippine Star) - June 24, 2013 - 5:30pm

MANILA, Philippines - Following the crash of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) OV-10 630 Bronco bomber belonging to the 15th Strike Wing off Palawan on Sunday night, the military's OV-10s have been temporarily grounded while investigation on the incident is underway.

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"As per instructions by our PAF chief Lt. Gen. (Lauro Catalino) dela Cruz, all our OV-10s are temporarily grounded. The 15th Strike Wing has also convened a board of inquiry that will lead the crash investigation," Okol said.

He added that the Air Force only has eight remaining OV-10s after the plane with plate 630 crashed Sunday night.

Okol also maintained that the Broncos under the Air Force's care were in good condition even as they were second-hand acquisitions from the United States.

"They have received a good number of upgrades, and we maintain them very well," he said.

The PAF's OV-10 planes are designed for surveillance and short flights, and also carried heavy ammunition such as rockets and bombs.

10S AIR FORCE CRUZ LAURO CATALINO OKOL PAF PALAWAN PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE STRIKE WING UNITED STATES
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