10 dead in Colombia Mi-17 helicopter crash


BOGOTA: Ten people were killed when a Mi-17 helicopter crashed in northern Colombia on Tuesday, the country’s authorities said.

“We learned with regret about the death of the crew and passengers of a military helicopter in Segovia (Antioquia department),” president Juan Manuel Santos wrote on his Twitter page.

According to an official statement by the Colombian ground forces, the helicopter had a crew of four servicemen and six passengers on board, including two civilians. No one survived.

The authorities gave no cause for the crash. Military accident investigators had arrived at the scene, according to the army.

It said two of the passengers were part of a military aviation fuel maintenance team.

In June 2016, another military helicopter crash killed 17 soldiers in an accident attributed to bad weather.