9 killed in Air Force plane crash in Cotabato

MANILA, Philippines (8th UPDATE) – A Nomad plane of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) crashed in a subdivision in Cotabato City late Thursday morning killing 9 people and injuring one.

Lt. Col. Gerardo Zamudio, PAF spokesman, confirmed to ABS-CBN News that Maj. Gen. Mario ‘Butch’ Lacson, commander of the PAF’s 3rd Air Division in Zamboanga City, and 7 other personnel on the plane, were killed in the crash.

The 7 other PAF personnel who died were:

+ Lacson’s staff officer Maj. Prisco Tacoboy;
+ Aide-de-camp 2nd Lt. Alexander Ian Lipae;
+ Sgt. Maria Rose Lamera;
+ Sgt. Ian Mejia;
+ Pilot Captain Gaylord Ordonio;
+ Co-pilot 1st Lt. Angelica Valdez; and
+ Crew chief Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Gozon.

The PAF leadership has already informed the families of the victims about the death of their loved ones.

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