MANILA, Philippines – A multi-awarded Filipino businessman and two companions were killed when their helicopter crashed in a fishpond in Malolos, Bulacan on Thursday, April 25.
Business magnate, Liberato “Levy” Laus; Laus’ aide Wilfran Esteban; and pilot Everette Coronel were identified as the fatalities of the crash.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the helicopter crash landed around 12:47 pm at Barangay Anilao. The aircraft was owned and operated by LGC Air Transport, a company owned by Laus.
The helicopter departed from NAIA General Aviation (GenAv) hangar at 12:28 pm and was bound for San Fernando, Pampanga.
Laus and Coronel were immediately declared dead by police at the crash site, according to police reports. The two were brought to Bulacan Medical Center and was formally pronounced dead.
Esteban was rescued, but was eventually declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
CAAP Director, General Capt. Jim Sydiongco said Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board investigators are at the crash site, led by chief investigator Rainier Baculinao.
Laus was the chairman of Laus Group of Companies and also owned CarWorld, Premier Cars BMW, Ford Pampanga, CGIC non-life insurance firm, radio station DWRW 95.1 FM, and CLTV 36, according to a report by Sunstar.
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