Two female Philippine
Air Force pilots were treated and released from a Philippine
hospital Thursday after crash landing their MG-520 rocket-firing
helicopter on a runway of Zamboanga International Airport.
The accident occurred shortly after 8 am local time while the
helicopter was on a maintenance flight. The women, identified only
as Captain Patrimonio and Major Quintana, suffered only
Colonel Reynaldo Ramirez, chief of the Philippine Air Force's
3rd Tactical Operations Wing, told local television the cause of
the incident was "pilot error" and the helicopter was a total
The incident closed the airport to all incoming and outgoing
aircraft for more than an hour.