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Police killed in Colombia helicopter crash

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 - 01:06

At least 16 police officers have been killed in a helicopter crash in Colombia during an anti-drugs operation. Paul Chapman reports.

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One of the survivors of a Colombian helicopter crash that killed 16 police officers arrives at hospital. There were only two survivors in all, both of whom have suffered burns. The U.S.-built Black Hawk helicopter was taking part in an anti-narcotics operation when the crash happened. Colombia's defence minister says the aircraft probably flew into the side of a mountain. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) COLOMBIA'S DEFENCE MINISTER LUIS CARLOS VILLEGAS SAYING: "We're pursuing a full investigation. For now the most likely scenario is that the helicopter flew at 120 knots which is about 180 kilometres an hour. Possibly because of low clouds the helicopter remains were found completely scattered." Tuesday's crash happened just four days after 11 Colombian soldiers died aboard a military aircraft which crashed after suffering engine failure. Colombia's president is dismissing speculation that the plane and the helicopter were shot down as irresponsible.

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Police killed in Colombia helicopter crash

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 - 01:06