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10-Jun-12 N744JS Robinson R44 Santa Teresa, US-New Mexico

Shortly after departure from Doña Ana County Airport at Santa Teresa, New Mexico.  “Officials say strong winds could be to blame.”  3POB

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09-Jun-12 OE-XKS Robinson R44 Teisendorf, Germany (4F)

Accident occurred shortly after the pilot told ATC that he would need to make a precautionary landing due to weather conditions.  En route from Augsburg (Germany) to Salzburg (Austria).

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09-Jun-12 Mosquito Mount Vernon, US-Maryland

Single engined helicopter crashed into the Wicomico River near the Whitehaven Ferry.  Rescued by boat without serious injuries.

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07-Jun-12 Queens, US-New York

NYPD aircraft – Emergency landing in field.  Awaiting further details

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06-Jun-12 OB-1840P Sikorsky S58T Peru (14F)

Crashed in mountainous area, killing all 14 on board.  Took 48 hours approx to find wreckage, partly due to poor weather conditions and overnight temperatures down to -15C.  The helicopter was itself built in 1963 and first delivered to the German Army.  Passenger manifest now released :

  • From South Korea:  Thois Young Hwan, Kin Today Jun, Sang Bae Wuo, Kin Byungdal, Yoo Bongdar, Jeon Hyo Geon, Hyung Suk Leen and Hee Wook Rim.
  • From Austria: – Bustapson Anderz Benge, Tomas Dusek, Erick Kupper.
  • From Peru: Anto Ruiz.

The crew have been named as Alfredo Soberon and Luis Echegoyen.  Later report following court case(s) published here

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06-Jun-12 Bell OH-58D Qarah Bagh, Afghanistan (2F)

Two International Security Assistance Force service members died following a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan, military officials reported.  The pair were later named as Capt. Scott P. Pace, 33, of Brawley, California  and Lt. Mathew G. Fazzari, 25, of Walla Walla, Washington.  This report states they took fire from insurgents

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06-Jun-12 ZJ121 AgustaWestland AW101 Stanwick, UK

Emergency field landing due to loose/missing tail rotor blade tape.  Stayed overnight and cleared for flight next day

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06-Jun-12 PR-OMV Eurocopter EC225 Macae, Brazil

Brand new aircraft.  Fell onto side on landing from 50ft on third attempt at landing.  2POB.  Co pilot had bruises only, Pilot not injured

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05-Jun-12 MD Helicopters 500E Columbus, US-Ohio

Precautionary landing in public park after warning light illuminated

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05-Jun-12 10-08079 Boeing CH-47F Hadley, US-Massachusetts

Precautionary landing on flight out of the Army Support Facility in Windsor Locks, CT.  Pilot had noticed unusual engine noise and seen smoke

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04-Jun-12 N427AL Bell 427 Indiantown, US-Florida

Hit buzzard in flight, emergency landing ended up with helicopter on its side.  5 POB to hospital as a precautionary measure, but not seriously injured.  Helicopter registered to Southern Aviation Systems, but address points to this being linked to corporate operator Southern Waste Systems

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04-Jun-12 Schweizer S333 San Antonio, US-Texas

San Antonio Police aircraft declared emergency landing during night patrol.

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04-Jun-12 Mil Mi-17 Chiyanki, India

Emergency landing after engine failure.  14 POB

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02-Jun-12 N2196F Schweizer 300 Broomfield, US-Colorado

Badly damaged in heavy landing

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02-Jun-12 N406LH Eurocopter AS355F1 New London, US-Connecticut

Helicopter landed on beach after encountering fog

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01-Jun-12 C-FBHN Eurocopter AS350B2 Terrace, Canada (3F)

Three killed in mountainous area, all employees of Bailey Helicopters.  Pilot named as Peter Bryant, 45 and passengers Blake Erickson, 48, and Arnaud Jolibois, 44.   CADAORS 2012P0786

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31-May-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

Emergency landing made shortly after take-off

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30-May-12 N106TV Bell 206B Burbank, US-Washington

Crashed into an apple orchard after losing power.  Tail damage.  Pilot not injured

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30-May-12 N116AE Bell 206L West Plains, US-Missouri

The aircraft had just completed a routine inspection and the mechanic was doing a post-inspection ground run when the aircraft inadvertently lifted from its stationary position and struck a hangar.  Mechanic injured

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30-May-12 Rotorway Exec Smoketown, US-Pennsylvania

Heavily damaged.  Sole occupant was injured

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29-May-12 AgustaWestland AW139 Cooroy, Australia

Rescue helicopter made emergency landing at night using NVG after indications of a major hydraulic failure during an EMS flight, with patient on board.  Patient moved to second helicopter (BK117 VH-EHQ) to reach hospital.  See also press release

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28-May-12 Boeing AH-64D Wardack Province, Afghanistan (2F)

NATO officials said two coalition members were killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan Monday. Initial reports said there was no enemy activity in the area.  Two named as Capt. John R. Brainard, 26, of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine; and Chief Warrant Officer 5 John C. Pratt, 51, of Springfield, Va., were assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach-Katterbach, Germany

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28-May-12 N7077F Bell 206L Gulf of Mexico (1F)

PHi LongRanger down in GOM.  Sole occupant pilot lost his life – body found and recovered four hours after accident.  Helicopter completely submerged.  Pilot later named as Arturo Lebron

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28-May-12 Eurocopter EC130B4 Puna, US-Hawaii

Precautionary field landing made during sightseeing flight. N o damage to helicopter.  Another helicopter from the same operator came and picked up the passengers.

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28-May-12 Eastern Afghanistan

An ISAF helicopter crashed during routine operations in eastern Afghanistan today, no fatalities reported.  NOTE – there was a second accident in the same region on the same day which was fatal – see here

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28-May-12 C-GHDF Bell 206B Whistle Bend, Canada

Helicopter under contract to the City of Whitehorse for mosquito control work was flying low level when it hit wires – pilot was blinded by the sunshine during a turn.  Pilot put 206 down safely in a creek.  No damage to helicopter or injury to pilot.  400 properties temporarily without power.  CADAORS 2012C2112

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28-May-12 OO-PIV Robinson R44 Hoegaarden, Belgium

Emergency landing in field, no damage

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27-May-12 N1UB Robinson R44 Peoria, US-Illinois

Tail struck ground while hovering, causing helicopter to crash land on its side

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27-May-12 ZS-HRZ Bell 206B Midrand, South Africa

Crashed shortly after take off from Grand Central Airport, coming to rest against a concrete fence.  The two occupants were severely injured – see photos here and here

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26-May-12 N345MH Schweizer 300CBi Chesterfield, US-Missouri

FAA says “crashed under unknown circumstances”

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26-May-12 Bell UH-1 Huey II Nariño, Colombia

Pilot experienced some difficulties and elected to put the helicopter down in a mangrove swamp on approach to Tumaco airport.  All four (one report says five) occupants safely recovered

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25-May-12 N11ZX Hughes 500C Delavan, US-Minnesota

Hughes 500C was crop spraying when it hit wires.  Pilot seriously injured and airlifted to hospital.

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25-May-12 N407VV Bell 407 Cottonwood, US-Arizona

Helicopter was fire-bombed while parked on the helipad outside Verde Valley Medical Center.  Alleged that a beer bottle filled with fuel was thrown into cockpit – photos show extensive fire damage in that area

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25-May-12 N806LA Bell 206B Longboat Key, US-Florida

Lost power and force landed on beach.  Slight damage to tail boom noted from press photo.  Helicopter was en route to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport made an emergency landing this afternoon on Longboat Key’s Gulfside beach.

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24-May-12 HB-XPQ Agusta-Bell 206B Eggschwand, Switzerland (3F)

Helicopter crashed following a wire strike and caught fire in remote mountainous area.  Three fatalities.

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24-May-12 ZS-PVH Robinson R44 Masenkweng, South Africa (1F)

One person was killed and another critically injured when the R44 crashed on Thursday into the veld.  Helicopter ended up on its port side.  Fatality named in online forum as Riaan Van Brakel

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24-May-12 N7505Y Schweizer 300C Asheville, US-North Carolina

Hard landing on the runway, which meant that the runway was closed for 80 minutes.   2 POB not injured.

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23-May-12 Schweizer S300 Wazirabad, Pakistan (2F)

Helicopter crashed into a river on a training flight.  Student pilot Captain Shmer and instructor Major Zahid Bari missing, presumed dead due to the fast flow rate of the river. Update – student’s body recovered some days later.  Helicopter type confirmed from 26s in to this video

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23-May-12 HAL Chetak Siachen Glacier, India (1F)

Crashed, killing pilot Major Chandrashekhar Singh, shortly after dropping off supplies at a helipad in the Himalayas at an altitude of 19,685ft

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22-May-12 Eurocopter AS332L2 North Sea, UK

Bbrought back to land by sea after concerns were raised about fuel samples.  Date was the day it arrived back by boat.  May need to adjust this date once more details become clear.

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21-May-12 ZS-RSL AgustaWestland AW119 McCarthy’s Rest, South Africa

Unclear what happened.  Owner Frikkie Lutzkie decided to cut skids off “for ease of ground transportation”, cut blades off and remove the boom.  Helicopter was then smeared with mud and camouflaged with copious amounts of foliage.  Helicopter uninsured.  Date is approximate, but likely within a week of the correct date.  Read reports at the three links below for the full story

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21-May-12 ZK-HXZ Hughes 500D North Canterbury, New Zealand

It is believed the helicopter had been contracted by the Department of Conservation (DOC) to spray for gorse when it went down at the northern end of Lake Sumner.  Helicopter and pilot missing – pilot named as  35-year-old Mike Mehrtens – company website here quotes him as a 3,500 hour pilot

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20-May-12 N63VP Enstrom F28F Twin Falls, US-Idaho

Pilot had informed ATC of mechanical concerns but did not quite reach the airport, the helicopter being severely damaged when landing half a mile stort of Magic Valley Regional Airport (Joslin Field).  Photos show the cabin completely separated from the tail boom.

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19-May-12 N444WT Robinson R44 Destin, US-Florida

Main blades chopped tail boom on landing

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19-May-12 N74914 Hughes TH-55 Pittsfield, US-Pennsylvania

Fell on its side during landing

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18-May-12 EV-0672 Mil Mi-17V5 San Felipe, Venezuela (4F)

Crashed on take off from an altitude of approx 10m on a training flight.  4 of 5 occupants killed – at least some from the Bolivian military, being trained in Venezuela.  One fatality named as Col. Oscar Martinez Mora.  Photo here shows the tail boom having been cut by the main rotors

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18-May-12 Bell 206B Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile

Minor damage in accident while helicopter was involved in operations to do with a ratio antenna in support of a sports challenge on the island called “Transportation Achilles”.  The three crew members were unharmed – Fernando Saver Oyarzún, Claudio Navarrete Flores and Rodrigo Vargas Soto.  One source quotes the helicopter serial number as “38” but offers no evidence, hence we are not listing that.

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18-May-12 Bell UH-1 Red Rock Canyon, US-Nevada

Las Vegas police Huey rescue helicopter clipped a Red Rock Canyon wall with its main rotor blades on a training flight with 5 POB.  Sources say a strong wind gust pushed the Bell HH-1H helicopter into a canyon wall in the Spring Mountain range.  Safe landing, no injuries

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17-May-12 Lexington, US-Virginia

A medical helicopter came within 1,000 feet of three military jets after dropping off a patient, a spokesman for healthcare organization Carilion Clinic said.

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17-May-12 Bell 206L Grand Canyon, US-Arizona

Minor damage on landing

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17-May-12 I-B037 Elisport CH-7 Mettet, Belgium

Pilot suffered spinal injuries after crashing the single-seat CH-7 Kompress.  Helicopter extensively damaged (see photo)

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16-May-12 XA-UKL Bell 206B Jerez, Mexico

Crashed from low level during take-off and ended up on its starboard side within the police compound.  Press statement said it was a mechanical issue.  Pilot named as Víctor Ojeda Esqueda and passengers were Secretary of Public Security Jesús Pinto Ortiz and director of the State Preventive Police, Víctor Manuel Bosques.   All three to hospital.  Helicopter presumed destroyed (see photos here and here)

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16-May-12 OH-HZH Robinson R44 Juuka, Finland

R44 was engaged in aerial saw work, clearing trees away from powerlines.  While reportedly ferrying back to a field landing site, the helicopter crashed and was destroyed (photo).  Sole occupant pilot had minor injuries.

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16-May-12 Eurocopter Tiger Australia

Fumes in the cockpit – led to fleet grounding.

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16-May-12 G-CCWJ Robinson R44 Nallihan, Turkey

Very heavy landing which caused the main blades to snap 30cm from the root.  It would appear that rotor rpm decayed to the extent it fell vertically out of the sky.  Skids splayed out, mast damaged but tail boom appears unscathed

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15-May-12 Boeing AH-64 Killeen, US-Texas

Missile training device accidentally dropped from Apache helicopter out of Fort Hood.

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14-May-12 N557XS CHR Safari Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic (2F)

Helicopter appears to have descended vertically to impact point – no skid-marks near site.  Accident killed 72-year old pilot and his passenger.  Helicopter caught fire on landing and the two fatalities were found in the wreckage by firemen after they put out the blaze.

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14-May-12 N903CH Sikorsky S58T Forestsville, US-Pennsylvania

Precautionary landing due to low visibility

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13-May-12 N61482 Schweizer 300CBi Hillsboro, US-Oregon

Tail rotor strike on take-off

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10-May-12 G-REDW Eurocopter EC225 off Aberdeen, UK

Controlled ditching in North Sea and all 14 on board into liferafts and later rescued.  The helicopter remained upright on its emergency floats.  Flight number was “Bond 88R”

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11-May-12 HB-ZCM Eurocopter AS350B3 Camorino, Switzerland

Crew member suffered serious head injuries when “releasing the transport line” (literal translation).  Investigation ongoing, few details.

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10-May-12 N7523S Robinson R44 San Mateo, US-New Mexico

Unknown circumstances led to landing on Mount Taylor where pilot activated the ELT and both occupants walked away to raise the alarm. Pilot Jareb Mirczak of Nevada and passenger Sean Mossing of Carson City.  Level of damage not clear, although State Police report refers to “wreckage”

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09-May-12 N1069Z Bell 206B Flora, US-Indiana

Crashed into a wheat field during agricultural operations.  Pilot named as Brian Townsend

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09-May-12 Mil Mi-17 Mazamari, Peru (1F)

After experiencing some blade damage in flight, an emergency landing was made.  The impact killed pilot Rodolfo León Gavilán.  The other 18 on board survived.  The police had been engaged on an anti-drug trafficking mission.

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09-May-12 VT-VKS Agusta A109C Ranchi, India

Crash landed at Ranchi Airport due to tail rotor problems.  Local reports suggest that pilot made a high speed landing on wheels and the helicopter then turned over up to six times as a result of this landing.  However, it meant that all survived and the 6 POB have already been declared “out of danger” by Apollo Hospital.  Occupants included Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda and his wife Meera.

Reg VT-VKS assumed as this is the only 109 operated by Aryan Aviation (stated as the operator of the crashed aircraft) and the  DGCA record for VT-VKS corroborates the age of the aircraft from reports

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08-May-12 PP-CGO AgustaWestland AW119 Piranhas, Brazil (8F)

8 Killed when AW119 crashed while en route from the reconstruction of an April 2012 massacre at Dover and was returning to the state capital of Goiana.  The Civil Police confirmed the names of the eight occupants of the aircraft. They are: the Police crew Jorge Moreira, Antonio Goncalves, Osvalmir Carrasco, Vinicius da Silva, Bruno Carneiro and Marcel Fabiano and the suspect of the massacre, Ali Ahmad Souza. No one survived

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04-May-12 Boeing CH-47 Florennes, Belgium

Royal Netherlands Air Force pilot heard a strange noise shortly after takeoff from the base of Florennes and elected to put the helicopter down in a field.  No damage

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04-May-12 G-STGR AgustaWestland AW109SP Helsby, UK

Whilst manoeuvring for landing at a private helipad, the helicopter’s tail rotor blades struck an adjacent fence. The pilot received no unusual cockpit indications and was unaware of the tail rotor strike until after shutdown.

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03-May-12 G-WIWI Sikorsky S76C++ Peasmarsh, UK

Following an event in which high torque was used, flight data was analysed on behalf of the operator using incorrect conversion information relevant to earlier variants of the helicopter. The operator was therefore unaware that total torque had exceeded a level at which maintenance action was required.  This article suggests the passengers were Paul Macartney and his wife.

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02-May-12 N85RB Bell 206B Valley Falls, US-Kansas

Crash from low level while on gas pipeline survey.  Pilot Wayne Spry and his two passengers, Jerry Senger and Clint Shoemaker received minor injuries.

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02-May-12 N209KR Robinson R22 Kona, US-Hawaii

Came down on training flight.  Instructor and student both reported injured and to hospital

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02-May-12 N380TL Hughes 300C Phoenix, US-Arizona

Crashed in a residential neighbourhood, both occupants hospitalised -Alan Cottrell and Ron Ponce

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02-May-12 M-EMLI AgustaWestland AW109E Northolt, UK

Rotor blades clipped a small branch of one of the trees while the helicopter was manoeuvring to land

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01-May-12 N309MH Bell 407 Anchorage, US-Alaska

Struck trees with main rotor blades while landing

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30-Apr-12 FAC-4020 Bell 212 Sabanagrande, Colombia (13F)

The helicopter was on a transport mission from Barranquilla to Caucasia when the accident occurred, killing all 13 on board – 7 from the Colombian Air Force and 6 from the Colombian National Police.  Pilot was named as Major Abel Jorge Garcia Cardona, while Lieutenant Hector Vega Alejandro Cuevas was serving as copilot.

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