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Six die in presidential helicopter crash in Colombia

Published: October 28, 2019 13:23:29 | Updated: October 30, 2019 14:26:07


A helicopter, which was part of the presidential fleet, crashed in a countryside in central Colombia's Cundinamarca department, killing all the six crew members, the Colombian Air Force (FAC) has said.

"The Colombian Air Force deeply regrets the loss of the six crew members of FAC helicopter 0006," the FAC said in a statement on Sunday.

While the crash occurred on Friday, it wasn't until early Sunday that the authorities were able to locate the site of the accident and confirm the fatalities, reports Xinhua.

The Bell 412 helicopter is believed to have crashed due to bad weather.

Colombian President Ivan Duque, who had flown on the helicopter many times, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.

"Personally, (the accident) has affected me greatly, because they were people with whom I worked during the past 14 months," he said.

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