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PAMAS Helicopter Crash Yields Inspiration & Encouragement to Pilots

On July 26th, 2023, a Robinson R44 helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing on a banana plantation near the fourth PAMAS airfield in Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines.

[Photo courtesy of PAMAS]

The Civil Aviation Authority Incident Inquiry Bureau (CAAIIB) has made great progress in its inquiry into the recent helicopter incident involving a PAMAS (Philippine Adventist Medical Aviation Services) aircraft. A Robinson R44 helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing at a banana plantation near the 4th PAMAS airfield in Bukidnon, Mindanao, on Wednesday morning. The event caused fears, but police confirmed that all occupants were unharmed.

Following the event, the CAAIIB immediately launched an on-site investigation to ascertain the reason for the emergency landing. According to preliminary results, the engine's temperature increased as the helicopter was climbing to acquire altitude due to the high power being pushed. This overheating caused a loss of power, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing on the banana plantation.

The skillful pilot executed the landing safely, avoiding any fatalities or serious injuries to anybody onboard. The pilot's rapid steps and the passengers' cooperative response led to the incident's fortunate ending.

Following an on-site assessment, officials loaded the damaged helicopter onto a trailer and drove it to the PAMAS hangar at the Mountain View College (MVC) airport. This action will simplify additional studies and allow specialists to acquire a better understanding of the specific variables that contributed to the engine overheating.

Despite the fact that this is the ministry's second huge loss in recent months, PAMAS remains committed to its purpose of bringing hope to people in need and pointing them to their Creator. The group expressed appreciation that no lives were lost as a result of the event and that the passenger who was transported to the hospital for a precautionary check-up was cleared by doctors and allowed to return home.

In a recent social media update on the PAMAS Facebook page, they posted, "These aircraft are just machines." They are just instruments for bringing hope to people in need and pointing them to their Creator. God knows what is required and can quickly supply additional helicopters or other means to reach His children. Despite seeming obstacles like these, God has faithfully provided for this mission over the past 16 years. Losing our precious loved ones in the yellow bee is undoubtedly more difficult than losing an airplane, but we must trust in our Heavenly Father through it all."

The post went on to say that this difficult period could be viewed as a chance to reflect and develop faith. "As we look to the One who ultimately owns each of us and this work, let us remember that He has eternal purposes far beyond our limited comprehension." This is a time to examine our own hearts, repent when God convicts us of sin, pray for ourselves and others, and then trust Him who knows what is best for us."

PAMAS hoped that the present event, as well as the previous loss of the "yellow bee," would motivate people to consider helping, giving, or making God a priority in their lives. They expressed thanks for the support and prayers they have received and asked for continued prayers as they navigate these difficult times.

The original version of this story was posted on the Southern Asia-Pacific Division website.


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