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Counter-Drug flight crashes in Columbia

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posted on Oct, 5 2013 @ 10:45 PM
Three Americans, and a Panamanian National Guardsman were killed, and two other Americans were seriously injured when their counter-drug flight crashed near the Panamanian border. The area where it crashed in known to have FARC activity as well as drug cartels there.

They were on board a de Havilland Dash-8 operating over the western Caribbean when they lost contact. Witnesses say that the plane crashed about 1am, near the city of Capurgana. It's reported that these flights routinely monitor for speed boats, and other evidence of drug running.

No word on if those killed were military or contractors, but the aircraft was leased to the government.

BOGOTA, Colombia -- A small plane on a U.S. counter-drug mission crashed Saturday in a remote, jungle region of northern Colombia, killing three Americans and a Panamanian National Guardsman and seriously injuring the other two Americans aboard.

The Havilland Dash 8 was flying over the western Caribbean when it lost radio contact with the U.S.-sponsored multinational task force in Key West, Florida that runs drug interdiction in region, the U.S. military said.

Such planes typically track speedboats that smuggle coc aine from Colombia north into Central America and the Caribbean but U.S. Southern Command spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Ron Flanders said he did not have details on the mission.


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