Motel chain owner, pilot die in Batangas crash

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – At least two people were killed and 6 injured after a private helicopter crashed in Barangay Pinagkaisahan, Cuenca, Batangas on Sunday, July 5.

The Augusta 109E helicopter, with registry number RP-C2726 and operated by Malate Tourist Development Corp, crashed past noon near Mount Maculot, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) confirmed.

Police said pilot Capt. Felicisimo Taborlupa was killed on the spot, while Archimedes "Archie" King – the founder of the Victoria Court motel chain – died at the hospital where the victims were rushed for treatment.

The injured passengers were identified as fashion entrepreneur Tina Ocampo, her husband Ricco, Tatler Philippines editor Anton San Diego, Christopher Chilip, Patricia Chilip, and King's wife Ling-ling. 

They were initially rushed to the Martin Marasigan Hospital for treatment before being transferred to St. Lukes Medical Hospital in Manila.

The crash site is already secured by police personnel.

Police said the chopper crashed as it made its way to Manila from Puerto Galera in Mindoro Oriental.

According to the Philippine Information Agency, bad weather forced the chopper to crash land in the area. 

The incident occurred as Tropical Storm Egay hovered in the vicinity of Cagayan in the north, moving northwest at a speed of 9 km/h.

According to state weather bureau PAGASA's 11 am Sunday bulletin, Egay's winds were at 95 kilometers/hour (km/h) at its center with gusts of up to 120 km/h. – Rappler.com