Venezuelan military chopper crash kills seven

Published: May 05, 2019 11:40:20 | Updated: May 07, 2019 11:06:59

Rescue workers at the scene in EL Hatillo following the helicopter crash - Pic source: Twitter/VGRPC

A Venezuelan military helicopter crashed close to Caracas on Saturday morning, killing all seven people on board, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

The helicopter was to fly from Caracas, the capital, to the west-central state of Cojedes when it “went to ground,” the Defence Ministry said, adding that authorities were investigating the cause of the crash.

President Nicolas Maduro was in Cojedes on Saturday to watch a series of army drills, which, in televised speeches, he said demonstrated Venezuela’s military readiness against what he called the threat posed by the United States.

Maduro accuses the US government of trying to foment a coup against him by backing opposition leader Juan Guaido, who denounces Maduro as illegitimate and has assumed a rival presidency, reports Reuters.

“I profoundly regret this incident and express my heartfelt condolences to their relatives and friends,” Maduro said later on Twitter.

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