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Gov. Nantes killed in Lucena chopper crash

Posted by rcpuri on May 17, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Quezon gov killed in Lucena chopper crash

abs-cbnNEWS.com Posted at 05/17/2010 4:08 PM |

A private helicopter carrying Quezon Gov. Rafael Nantes of the Liberal Party crashed in Lucena City Monday, killing all 4 people on board. Maj. Romy Caranza, security staff of Nantes, identified the victims as Nantes, pilot Capt. Nestor Sanchez, Army Master Sergeant Alfred Dominguez and Police Officer 3 Randy Roperez.

"Confirmed na po. Wala na po siya [Nantes] ‘tsaka iyong mga kasama niya. Sunog na sunog po iyong chopper," Lando Villamor, Nantes's photographer, said in an interview on ANC.

He said the Robinson R-44 helicopter (registry number C2250) crashed into 2 houses at Hael Subdivision 1 Barangay Iyam.

Caranza said Nantes had attended a flag-raising ceremony at Quezon National High School and was on his way back to Manila when the crash occurred. He said the helicopter took off at 3:10 p.m. and crashed about a kilometer from the take-off point 5 minutes later

He blamed mechanical failure for the crash, based on eyewitnesses' reports.

An additional report said 2 children on the ground were also killed. Nantes, who was treasurer of the Liberal Party (LP), recently lost a re-election bid against David Suarez of Lakas-Kampi CMD.

Florencio "Butch" Abad, the LP campaign manager said the death of Nantes was a great loss to the party and to Quezon province.

Nantes was a stalwart follower and loyal LP member, Abad told ABS-CBN News.

Abad added that Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, LP standard-bearer, and his running mate Sen. Mar Roxas both extended their condolonces to Nantes's bereaved family. - Reports from ANC; abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak


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