Prominent Pampanga businessman, 2 others killed in helicopter crash

The helicopter that crashed into a fishpond in Barangay Anilao, Malolos, Bulacan yesterday/photo from ABS CBN

Manila, Philippines - Businessman Liberato “Levy” Laus chairman of Carworld Inc. and Central Luzon TV 36, with pilot Everette Coronel and companion Wilfran Esteban was confirmed dead by authorities yesterday, when their helicopter crashed into a fishpond in Malolos, Bulacan

According to a report by Philstar, the three victims died due to multiple injuries while being treated at the Bulacan Medical Center.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said the helicopter was bound for San Fernando, Pampanga and crashed 19 minutes after it took off from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s General Aviation Hangar.

Reports also said that team of investigators from the Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board (AAIIB) had already dispatched to the crash site.

CAAP officials said that the helicopter crashed at around 12:47 p.m. yesterday, April 25.

Laus, 68, according to reports, chaired the Laus Group of Companies (LGC), a diversified conglomerate and the largest multi-brand dealership network in the country with over 45 dealerships in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Northern Luzon.

The businessman also took part in saving San Fernando and other areas in Pampanga from being buried by lahar when Mount Pinatubo erupted in 1991.

He also served as president of the state-owned Clark Development Corp. from 2006 to 2008 and was a co-publisher of Sun Star-Pampanga.

Source: Philstar

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