Nine survive military helicopter crash in Colombia

December 5th, 2011 - 11:51 am ICT by IANS  

Bogota, Dec 5 (IANS/EFE) Nine people - five soldiers and four crewmen - survived the crash of a military helicopter in the northern Colombian province of Cordoba, the army said.

The Black Hawk helicopter went down Saturday in the San Jeronimo mountains, army aviation division commander Gen. Javier Rey said.

“The crew and the passengers are fine,” Rey said.

The helicopter was providing support to a brigade fighting the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group, drug traffickers and other criminal organizations, the general said.

The accident occurred after the helicopter refueled, Rey said, adding that the aircraft had problems “with a crosswind” that forced it to the ground.

The crew’s skill was key in preventing the helicopter from being completely destroyed, the general said.

The helicopter was damaged in the accident, but it can be repaired and return to service, Rey said.

–IANS/EFE
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