The incident occurred less than a month after another PAF aircraft, a Nomad bush plane, crashed in Cotabato City, killing 9 people.,
Initial reports from Armed Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner said the turbo-prop plane crashed at 2:55 p.m. A UH-1H helicopter with 5 search and rescue personnel later arrived at the crash site and retrieved the bodies.
Brawner said the PAF regularly conducts aerial gunnery training in Crow Valley. "Dyan talaga nagtetraining sila e. Aerial gunnery training so...may targets yan tapos titirahin nila," he told reporters.
He added that it was too early to determine the cause of the crash "but the Air Force will investigate right away."