May 1st, 2012
05:08 AM ET

Colombian Air Force helicopter crashes, killing 13

A helicopter carrying members of the Colombian Air Force and police crashed in the north of the Latin American nation on Monday, killing all 13 people on board.

The crash took place at 4:30 p.m. local time (5:30 p.m. ET) in the municipality of Sabanagrande, near Colombia's Caribbean coast, according to a statement from the Colombian Air Force.

Seven of the dead were from the air force and six were from the police.

"We regret the accident of the Air Force helicopter crash," President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia said in a message posted on his official twitter account. "Our condolences to the families of the patriotic heroes who died in this accident."

In an amateur video broadcast on the local Caracol TV, dozens of people were shown standing near the crash site, which was covered with smoke and flames.

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Let me guess. Not one seed was found in the wreckage.

    May 1, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |

    Were the coffee beans ok?

    May 1, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I think Juan Baldez predeceased these souls.

    May 1, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Isnt l3 people a bit much for a helicopter? And WHAT caused it to crash?

    May 2, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |

    Helo was one of a fleet of Super Hueys donated by US to aid in protecting oil pipelines of old US owned OCCIDENTAL and BP managed Columbian pipelines.
    A program began under Clinton, Andean Initiative it was greatly incrreased by Bush as both a War on Drugs and a War on Terrorism.
    A completly seperate agreement was worked out for Bush/Cheney Texas oil firm Ocvidental whereby US tacpsyers paid Occidentals Columbian Government imposed Security tax of $1.25 prr barrrl amd added snother $3.25 to it.
    Also inuded were the helos and other eqiipment for a permanent full Brigade including training and payroll
    This BRIGADE is still a part og our sid prohrzm to fight FARC, ehich is deader than s doornail, but in accuslity is syill yo allow over 300 privste security personel,and if needed 400 US military.
    The Special Brigade was used in IRAQ and wsd the most hesvily decorsted unitp there

    May 2, 2012 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |