VIDEO | Billionaire King's chopper had no flight plan - initial probe
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CUENCA, Batangas - (UPDATED WITH VIDEO) The Agusta helicopter that crashed on Mt. Maculot during heavy rains Sunday, killing two people including billionaire Archie King, had no flight plan submitted for the Puerto Galera-Batangas route, initial investigation showed.
Investigators from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) joined police probers at the crash site Monday to determine what caused the accident that also claimed the life of the pilot, Capt. Felicismo Taborlupa. CAAP probers said the pilot submitted a flight plan for the Manila to Puerto Galera run on Saturday; but not for the flight Sunday morning from Puerto Galera to Batangas.
Six other passengers of the chopper, which flew Sunday from Puerto Galera, but then ran into rains and fog on reaching Batangas, have survived and were being treated at St. Luke's-Bonifacio Global City. They are King's wife Lingling, Tattler Philippines editor Anton San Diego, and two couples - the style mavens Tina Maristela-Ocampo and Ricco Ocampo; and Christopher and Patricia Chilip.
Locals who live just 1.5 kilometers away from the site in Barangay Pinagkaisahan had rushed to the scene just after 11 a.m. Sunday, and found the chopper - an Agusta 109E with registry number RP-C2726, operated by Malate Tourist Development Corp. - a total wreck. Village chief Celestino Lunar said Taborlupa was still strapped to the pilot's seat; King was pinned down in his seat.
Archie King is one of two sons of Angelo King, who made a name in the motel business in the 1970s. The younger King was responsible for converting the family's motel business into what has come to be known as the Victoria Court chain of motels, renowed for offering first-class amenities and themed rooms.
The Ocampos meanwhile are part of the family behind the Sari-Sari brand of clothing and fashion accessories.
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