Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado grounded all SF260 planes following the Saturday’s crash of one of the light aircraft that resulted in the death of two pilots.
Delgado immediately ordered the grounding of all the 20 SF260s in the Air Force inventory as he created an investigative panel to probe the crash of one SF260 in Nasugbu, Batangas.
The crash left the two pilots dead. Their bodies were recovered immediately after the crash from the shoreline.
Lt. Col. Enrico Canaya, spokesman of the Air Force, said that the grounding of the single-prop trainer planes will remain until the investigation is completed.
“Grounding means we will be waiting for the results of the investigation to determine what caused (the crash),” said Canaya.
“They (SF260s) will be in their respective hangars until completion of the investigation,” he added.
Reports showed that three SF260s were taking part in activities commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the province from the Japanese toward the end of World War II when the crash happened.