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AF Chief: Kite Caused Philippines Huey Crash

By James T. McKenna | May 4, 2007

The head of the Philippines Air Force says a child's kite was responsible for the April 28 crash of one of its Bell Helicopter UH-1Hs that killed nine people, ABC Radio Australia reports. It said Lt. Gen. Horacio Tolentino reported a survivor told him the aircraft was flying perfectly on a training flight and about to land on the island of Cebu when a kite string became entangled in the rotor blades. He said nylon string was found tangled just below the main rotor. The Huey crashed on a crowded street, killing seven people on the ground and two crewmembers. The air force grounded its fleet of 41 Hueys after the crash. For related news

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