In line with its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) missions, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) deployed a total of 10 helicopters in Thursday's Metro Manila-wide "Shake Drill."
These include two UH-IHs from the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom), another two UH-IHs from the Southern Luzon Command (Solcom), and two W-3A "Sokol" from Villamor Air Base which conducted "aerial rapid damage assessment and needs analysis" over different areas in Metro Manila.
Aside from this, the aircraft also helped transport Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) incident commanders and their staff to the four designated National Capital Region (NCR) command sectors and the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and Incident Command Post Operation Center at the ASEANA compound.
An NVG-capable UH-IH was also flown over
for night-time earthquake drills Thursday. Pasig City
A "Super Huey" also conducted helicopter rappelling and victim extrication at ASEANA compound while an S-76 air ambulance performed casualty evacuation from the Villamor Golf Course (South Sector command post) to the Armed Forces of the
at Philippines Medical
Center V. Luna Road, Quezon
Meanwhile, 2 UH-1H/Ds were on standby alert at Villamor Air Base for additional tasks.
PAF spokesperson Col. Enrico Canaya said that in an actual earthquake scenario, the Air Force can provide all available 27 UH1H/D helicopters, 14 505th Search-and-Rescue Group helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, including three C-130s, one C-295M and one F-27 Fokker they currently maintain to airlift casualties, rescue personnel and their equipment and relief goods for HADR operations.