Lawmaker, soldiers safe after chopper crashes in Tarlac

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 22) — A chopper bound for a military event crashed in Tarlac province on Thursday.

The Philippine Air Force said 12 people – including Deputy Minority Leader Anthony Bravo, some soldiers, and congressional staff – were on board the Sokol helicopter when it crashed around 2 p.m. at Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base, also known as Crow Valley.

Bravo had minor injuries, according to the Armed Forces' Northern Luzon Command (NoLCom). This was also the case for the other passengers and crew who were brought to the the Camp Aquino Station Hospital in Tarlac City.

Former House Secretary General Cesar Pareja, who was among the passengers, said the pilot suffered head injuries while one of the crew had a broken arm.

"I have minor scratches along with most of the passengers. The helicopter crashed just as we were about to land in Crow Valley," Pareja said.

Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, NoLCom chief, said the pilot and crew member may have suffered a fracture.

Authorities are still investigating the crash.

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